December 6, 2019 / Vincennes University swears in Don Villwock as trustee
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Board of Trustees welcomed
a new trustee Dec. 4. Knox County businessman and resident Don
Villwock was sworn in during a board meeting at the Indiana Center for
Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson and Board Chair John
Stachura expressed their pleasure in Villwock joining the board.
Villwock, owner and manager of Villwock Farms, was commended for his
wealth of knowledge and his extensive national, state, and local
leadership experience. Villwock, who resides in Edwardsport, Indiana,
is a past president of Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau
Director of Assessment Chad Bebee updated the Board on assessment of
learning outcomes for curricular and co-curricular programs.
“VU has worked diligently to create a culture of assessment, and
through it we articulate what we want students to know, value, and be
able to do when they graduate from one of our programs,” Bebee said.
“Assessing learning outcomes helps us articulate the value of a VU
education to parents and employers and assure them that our graduates
are well prepared."
Director of Admissions Heidi Whitehead reported to the Board that
spring enrollment numbers are at the same level as previous years.
Also, numbers for Fall Semester 2020 are trending up year to date
early in the recruitment period. She also said the enrollment of
transfer students from Illinois is up and it’s an area where VU is
poised for growth.
“We’re focused on trying new initiatives based on the strategic plan
to help our admission numbers reach our targets,” Whitehead said. “The
changes we have made speak directly to the recruitment initiatives
that we have within the strategic plan. We are positive the numbers
will remain steady over last year.”
In other business:
- President Johnson said Vice President of Workforce
Development/Community Services David Tucker was unable to attend the
meeting because he is visiting Lunghwa University of Science and
Technology in Taiwan. VU expects to sign an agreement with Lunghwa
and two industry partners to develop programs in open source
robotics and Internet of Things.
- The Board elected Mike Sievers as First Vice Chair; Reggie
Henderson, Second Vice Chair; and J.R. Gaylor, Secretary.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
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