Gregory Vincent named Talladega president

Gregory J. Vincent has been named as Talladega College’s next president, the institution announced on Facebook earlier this evening. A professor of Educational Policy and Law at the University of Kentucky and Executive Director of its Education and Civil Rights Initiative, Vincent will begin his tenure on July 1, 2022.

“I am inspired by the sacred mission articulated by our founders in 1867 to educate generations of young people and our outstanding students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners,” Vincent said in a release. “We will build on Talladega’s compelling legacy as a faith-based Historically Black Liberal Arts Institution and work together to take full advantage of the exciting opportunities that lay ahead.”

Vincent replaces former president Billy Hawkins, who stepped down from leadership in September.

“This is a historic moment for Talladega College,” says Isaiah Hugley, Chairman, Talladega College Board of Trustees. “We are confident Dr. Vincent will step into the presidency with the confidence, strength, and experience needed to lead Talladega College forward. Dr. Vincent knows our mission, lives our mission, and is committed to providing our students with a world-class education and experiences.”

A graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Vincent was named president of his alma mater in 2017 but resigned a year later after anonymous accusations that he plagiarized parts of his dissertation as a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Officials at UPENN allowed Vincent to amend parts of his literature review later that year.

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