February 11, 2020 / Vincennes University hires advertising executive
Sarah Fortune to lead marketing team
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson
announced today that Sarah Fortune, founder of Lionfish Advertising,
has been hired as senior director of External Relations.
Fortune, a graduate of Vincennes and Indiana universities, founded
Evansville, Indiana-based Lionfish in 2013 and guided the
award-winning company’s rapid growth in representing state, national
and global brands.
“I am delighted that Sarah will be joining us in this important
role,” Johnson said. “She brings not only a great combination of
skills and experiences, but she also knows VU both as an alum and
through her work for us at Lionfish. Through Sarah’s leadership, I am
confident that even more people will learn about the many great VU
stories we have to tell.”
As senior director of External Relations, Fortune will guide the
University’s communications and marketing initiatives, event planning,
parent and student services, and the Sports Information team.
Fortune has served in an interim role as the University’s director of
marketing since November. As chief executive of Lionfish, Fortune and
her creative team have worked closely with VU faculty and staff for
several years to enhance the University’s marketing and public
Before launching Lionfish, Fortune worked in broadcast media for NBC
and FOX affiliates in Southern Indiana.
A native of Boonville, Indiana, Fortune volunteers her time teaching
oil painting to children in group homes and other settings. She is
involved with multiple dog rescues. She also over the years has
donated 50-inches of her hair to Locks-of-Love, which assists children
suffering from medical hair loss.
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.
Vincennes University Newsroom
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom