GENEVA, N.Y. — The president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is resigning.

Dr. Gregory Vincent announced to the board of his trustees that he is stepping down from his position, effective immediately, according to a press release from college officials.

On March 29, the chairman of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges board of trustees said they were investigating a claim that Dr. Vincent plagiarized portions of his dissertation for his doctorate in education.

Chairman Thomas Bozzuto sent a message to the college community saying in part, they received an anonymous e-mail containing allegations regarding President Vincent's past scholarship.

Dr. Vincent has been president of the colleges since last summer. He released a statement saying in part:

"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. 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.”

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