October 6, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – Conner McKinney was sworn in as the newest trustee
and John Stachura was elected to serve another term as chair during
the Vincennes University Board of Trustees Annual Meeting on Oct. 5.
The board heard university updates via Zoom, and a limited number of
individuals attended the meeting held in the Innovation Room of the
Shake Learning Resource Center.
McKinney (Sumner, Illinois) is serving as Student Trustee. His term
runs through Oct. 3, 2021. McKinney is studying business
administration after switching from biological biomedical sciences.
Stachura has served on the VU Board since 2006.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has reappointed three trustees to the Board of Trustees:
During the President’s remarks, VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson spoke
about the $2.5 million grant the University received from Lilly
Endowment Inc. The grant will fund programs to help strengthen
work-based learning partnerships and programs; launch the Techmester
program that will bring career and technical education (CTE) students
to attend classes on the Vincennes campus; and fund a science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academy that will
expose underrepresented populations to careers and education in STEM fields.
VU continues to expand its footprint in the critical area of
cybersecurity. Johnson shared news of VU’s new partnership with Purdue
University’s Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP) that is providing a
pathway to at least 5,000 students by 2023. VU is the only university
providing the opportunity to earn stackable degree programs at the
one-year or two-year degree programs level. The University is offering
two online associate degree programs and an online cybersecurity
certificate for students registered in the innovative apprenticeship program.
Johnson announced the creation of the Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion Council. Members of the council will work together to better
understand how VU’s culture, policies, and processes may be
contributing to challenges faced by students, faculty, and staff of
various backgrounds. It will also identify approaches to help ensure
that the University is an institution where everyone has a genuine
opportunity to succeed in achieving their goals.
The Higher Learning Commission visited the Vincennes campus last
week. Johnson said the University received positive feedback during
the 1 ½ day visit.
In other business: