Hobart president resigns following allegations of plagiarism

April 13, 2018 05:20 PM

The president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is stepping down weeks after allegations of plagiarism surfaced.

On Friday, Dr. Gregory Vincent announced to the Board of Trustees that he is resigning his position effective immediately.

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According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, college officials were investigating claims from an anonymous email that Vincent plagiarized parts of his dissertation. 

The dissertation earned him a doctorate in education. 

"This has been a difficult decision because I believe strongly in the value of a Hobart and William Smith education and the trajectory that we have been mapping during the past year," Vincent said in a statement. "Given the anonymous allegations leveled against my scholarship, however, and the distraction they have caused, I believe this is the best decision for the Colleges and for me. My primary concern is to avoid any further stress to the campus community."

Following Vincent's resignation, Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas Bozzuto announced that Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire will serve as interim president while the Colleges conduct a national search for a new president. 


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