Meet Our President

President Dick Helton puts families first at Vincennes University.  Dr. Helton's background includes over 30 years of experience in Indiana schools.  He understands the emotions, challenges, and excitement of sending a child to college.  He works to make the college experience enjoyable and memorable for every member of a VU student's family.

Dr. Richard E. Helton began his academic career in 1968 as an English teacher and coach in Petersburg, Indiana at Otwell High School.  He moved to the South Ripley School Corporation in 1970 and served 15 years as an English teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and administrative assistant to the superintendent.  In 1985, Dr. Helton accepted the position of superintendent of schools at the Milan Community School Corporation.  He served 5 years in Milan, Indiana before becoming the superintendent of schools for the Avon Commununity School Corporation in Avon, Indiana.

In August of 2004, Dr. Helton was named President of Vincennes University.

Dr. Helton received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Indiana State University.  He earned his Educational Specialist and Master of Science from Indiana University.  Dr Helton earned his undergraduate degree from Hanover College.
              
Dr. Helton's organizations and honors include:

  • First United Methodist Church, Vincennes, Indiana
  • Vincennes Rotary International, Vincennes, Indiana
  • Knox County Development Corporation, Indiana, board member
  • Knox County Association for Retarded Citizens, Indiana, board member
  • Thirty-Third Degree Mason, Masonic Lodge, Versailles, Indiana
  • Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Valley, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Superintendent Optimist Educator of the Year, recognition in Indianapolis Business Journal, 1993
  • Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash, August 2004 and January 2005
  • Indiana Department of Education Bellringer Award, August 2004
  • Indiana School Boards Association, The Lorin A. Burt Educator of the Year Award, September 2004
  • Alpha Beta Gamma, College President of the Year, April 2006
  • Indiana University Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Education Award, September 2006

Dr. Helton and his wife, Cindy, live in Vincennes and have two grown children.

Dr. Helton may be contacted at president@vinu.edu.