Greg Vincent '87 Named Vice Provost at University of Oregon
As vice provost for the University of Oregon, Greg Vincent '87 serves on the President's cabinet and will provide leadership and direction for all of the equity and diversity matters concerning faculty, students, and staff. His greatest challenge is minority faculty recruitment, for which there is significant competition nationwide. He will lead an innovative augmentation program that provides newly-hired minority faculty with a three-year stipend to supplement salary, or fund research and/or travel to support professional development. Hires will help replenish the faculty, hard hit by senior faculty retirements in recent years. Greg says, "We've not lost any ground in the last few years and are now making progress in the recruitment of both junior and senior faculty." Greg also joined the law faculty where he will teach employment discrimination and civil rights.
The University of Oregon is the state's flagship university with 18,000 students on the Eugene, Oregon campus. Minority students currently comprise 14 percent of the student population and Greg is anxious to attract more. He is currently working on an initiative to recruit more minority students from the Portland area. Using what is learned in the Portland initiative, the University of Oregon will expand its minority recruitment initiative to California and the Northwest.
Greg's background is particularly well-suited to the position. As a lawyer, Greg focused his practice on civil rights and labor law in both public and private sectors. He worked in the Civil Rights Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, a job he called "a dream come true." He was promoted to regional and legal affairs director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. As vice president and lead counsel for Bank One, he successfully developed a comprehensive human resource and diversity plan and helped settle a major employment case.
Although he enjoyed his work, he was increasingly concerned about initiatives like Proposition 209 which eliminated affirmative action in California, and the Hopwood case that redefined race in college admissions.
Wanting to do more, Greg joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant vice chancellor in 1995. As director of the Equity and Diversity Resource Center at Wisconsin, he developed a leadership institute for faculty and administrators, worked with the university governance structure to create equity committees in each school and college, and chaired the committee that created a comprehensive human resource and diversity plan for the university.
His next academic post was at Louisiana State University where he served as vice provost and law professor. As vice provost, he led several units including the Office of International Programs, the Division of Continuing Education, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Academic Center for Student Athletes and the Women's Center. Greg also taught employment discrimination, evidence, administrative law and education law and policy, and served on the Admissions Committee.
Greg was one of only 20 senior academic administrators nationwide to be accepted into the University of Pennsylvania's intensive executive doctoral degree program. He completed his dissertation on community/university partnerships and graduated in May. Louisiana State University and the University of Oregon will publish portions of his dissertation. He also had the opportunity to study in Prague last summer.
Assessing his success to date, Greg is proudest of his role as a mentor. Well-schooled by his father and mother, an engineer and executive with the New York Transit Authority and a counselor and elected school board member, Greg has "paid forward" in the Ohio State tradition. "Throughout my career, I have always felt it was my duty to prepare my deputy to eventually move into my position," he says. He takes great pride in his track record of being succeeded by his deputy each time he left a position.