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Search will soon be underway for VU Jasper Campus Dean

November 23, 2016 / Search will soon be underway for VU Jasper Campus Dean

JASPER, Ind. - A search will soon be underway for a new dean for the Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

Dr. Chris Gray, who currently serves as assistant vice president and dean of the VU Jasper Campus, has announced that he will be leaving VU to become vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at McHenry County College, Illinois, early in 2017. Gray will continue in his current role at VU through January 2017.

Gray has served as dean of the Jasper Campus since Aug. 24, 2015. He came to VUJC after serving as dean of Arts and Communication at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, and three years as division chair of fine arts and program director of theatre at Lincoln College, Lincoln.

“Dr. Gray has given positive, energetic leadership to the Jasper campus since his appointment, especially as the University has worked to enhance service to students and academic opportunities in Career Tech fields at the Jasper campus. We wish Chris well as he pursues this new opportunity in higher education leadership,” said Dr. Laurel Smith, VU Interim Provost.

Smith said she is now working on plans for the transition and upcoming search for a new assistant vice president and dean of the Jasper Campus. “These plans will be announced before the end of this semester,” Smith said.

Gray holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University, where he earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in theatre. He holds an associate degree from Lincoln College and his background also includes writing several publications and presentations at college conferences.


The Vincennes University Jasper Campus is a vital part of Indiana’s first college, Vincennes University, a state-supported college that traces its founding to 1801.

In addition to offering associate degree and certificate programs, VUJC also offers select baccalaureate programs. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, tuition and fees at VUJC rank among the most affordable of all Indiana colleges.

VU Jasper is located on a beautiful 140-acre campus on the southeast side of Jasper. In addition to the new Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing, other campus facilities include the Alvin C. Ruxer Student Center, Arnold F. Habig Technology Center, Administrative Classroom Building, and a Jasper Classroom Campus Building that houses a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory for healthcare training. Adjacent to the campus is the Jasper Arts Center that includes a 675-seat theatre and visual arts galleries.

The Jasper Campus fulfills the vision of a Dubois County citizens group, founded in 1960, that was dedicated to improving area education and cultural enrichment. Vincennes University joined as a strong partner in 1970. The VU Jasper Campus has developed to serve thousands of students in Dubois, Spencer, Martin, Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Pike, Orange, and Lawrence counties in Indiana.


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