May 25, 2017

Higher education leadership program produces 45th college president


Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program has produced yet another college president – Gregory Vincent (GSE ’04) will be assuming the presidency of Hobart & William Smith Colleges this summer.

Dr. Gregory Vincent, photo courtesy of Hobart & William Smith Colleges

The Penn GSE Higher Education division, currently ranked #2 in the nation, now tallies 45 alumni who have risen to the level of college president. The program also boasts a Chancellor and three Vice Chancellors among its alumni. The division’s Executive Doctorate program, launched in 2001, is known for the strength of its alumni network, in-the-spotlight faculty, and ability to produce top higher education leaders.

“Our school has exceptional strength in preparing the next generation of higher education leaders,” said Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman. “Our alumni succeed because they are prepared for the complexities of higher education, and they have direct access to a tightly knit network of high-performing leaders who serve as resources throughout their careers.” 

Gregory Vincent, a national expert on civil rights, social justice, and campus culture, is currently wrapping up his tenure at The University of Texas at Austin as Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership, and Professor of Law. Since 2005, Vincent has presided over UT-Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, now regarded as a national model. Vincent currently teaches Higher Education and the Law and co-teaches the Diversity and Inclusion courses at Penn GSE, and will continue to teach at his alma mater.

"The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education exposed me to a wide variety of issues in both public and private education,” Vincent said. “It also equipped me with the tools to excel as a higher education administrator and now as a university president. The experiences I had and the relationships I built while at Penn GSE were life-changing and will serve me for the remainder of my career in higher education.”  

The program also has produced a number of leaders in minority-serving institutions. Twenty-five alumni currently hold senior level positions at minority-serving institutions, including Gary Sayed, Dean of the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing at California State University-Dominguez Hills; Alan Robinson, CFO at Morehouse College; and Gail DiSabatino, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate brings together cohorts of senior leaders from higher education, the nonprofit sector, and industry to study with a world-renowned faculty—all without career interruption. In just two years, students earn an Ivy League Ed.D. in an intensive professional learning community. The intellectually rigorous program is a springboard for career advancement and a lifelong professional network.