College President Resigns Before Plagiarism Investigation Concludes

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Plagiarism allegations against the president of Hobart and William Smith College may have led to his resignation, several weeks after an internal investigation began over the credibility of his dissertation. The former Hobart and William Smith Colleges president, Gregory J. Vincent, resigned when an anonymous e-mail pointed out examples of plagiarism in his dissertation, completed in 2004.

He made the following statement after tendering his resignation:

“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. I remain grateful for the partnership of the community and wish the colleges well.”

The small liberal arts college has around 2,100 students a year and is located in upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes region of the state.