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Inaugural Toast

Executive Director of the Geneva Boys & Girls Club Chris Lavin made these remarks on behalf of the Geneva Community during the inaugural dinner for Hobart and William Smith President Greg Vincent:

Good evening and congratulations to Greg and Kim Vincent. As many of you know, I was raised in Geneva but spent nearly 40 years away. So I was scratching my head a bit when I was asked to speak on behalf of the community tonight. But then I remembered I am a graduate of St. Stephen’s, DeSales and Hobart College – a complete product of Pulteney Street. So I am awarding myself a special new Geneva degree tonight – a DPS Degree, doctor of Pulteney Street – as my standing for these remarks.

It truly is an honor tonight to express the good wishes of this community for Dr. and Kim Vincent. We not only wish you well, in doing so, we know we as a community will be the beneficiary of your good work. We know these are challenging times in higher education. So in welcoming you on behalf of the Geneva community, I aspire for this community to fully understand on your behalf that your success at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be our success as a community. Anything that we can do to help the colleges compete and succeed will raise all of Geneva’s boats.

When on your first day of work you and Kim took the time to visit the Boys & Girls Club and these “kids who need us most,’’ Gina Garcia and I were literally moved. This is a special town – one that has the guts to take on its challenges, work together and, produce lives of consequence for all. We already know that there are not two better people to take up and extend the great work that Mark and Mary Gearan did for this lakeside town. And we can’t wait to see where you lead the colleges and this community. Please raise your glasses to wish Greg and Kim Vincent – and all of us – a great future.

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