Vincennes University extends president’s contract through 2023

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VINCENNES, Ind. —  Vincennes University President Dr. Chuck Johnson will remain in the college’s top position for at least another three years following a vote from the board of trustees to extend his contract.

Johnson’s contract was originally set to expire in 2022; however, the trustees extended his contract an additional year through December 2023 during the board’s meeting Wednesday. The extension did not include a salary increase.

“I personally would like to opine on the job that Dr. Johnson is doing in guiding the University through trying times,” Board Chairman John Stachura said. “Everybody is going through trying times. Dr. Johnson and his teams have done a fabulous job navigating this pandemic. It wasn’t day by day or week by week, things changed almost by the minute. You really had to be flexible, and they were. For that, I compliment all who were involved.”

Johnson was praised repeatedly for his guidance of VU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Vincennes University has obviously had its share of challenges, but we are much better off because of the fact that we have an individual like Chuck who not only has great leadership skills, but also vision and the ability to be responsive,” Trustee Reggie Henderson said. “The year has presented a lot of challenges. He has definitely risen to the task and kept the University moving in the right direction.”

Johnson was appointed the 22nd president of Vincennes University in 2015 after previously serving as interim president for four months and provost for three years.

“I greatly appreciate those comments, the support that I continue to have from the Board, and the support you have for the entire University,” Johnson said. “This year has obviously been trying, but it has also been a great learning experience. We as an institution have become better at many things as a result. I have been very fortunate to be part of the team. I’m very pleased to be here. I love this institution. I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve you.

During the meeting, Vice President of Government Relations Tony Hahn shared details of VU’s extensive efforts in contact tracing to ensure the University is providing a safe working environment, learning environment, and campus community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hahn credited the University Primary Care Clinic, rapid response times from contact tracers, 24/7 contact with the UPCC team, quick isolation and quarantine for students if needed, and taking a conservative approach to who was quarantined and when. 

In other business, 

  • The Board approved a new concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences – Sustainable Foods and Farm Systems. The program will allow students to specialize in an up-and-coming field.
  • The Board re-elected Mike Sievers as First Vice Chair; Reggie Henderson, Second Vice Chair; and JR Gaylor, Secretary.
  • Senior Director of External Relations Sarah Fortune reported on marketing enrollment management, application numbers, and advertising avenues.

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