Summers Presidential Papers

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, 1980-2001

Dr. Phillip M. Summers' Resume:

Phillip M. Summers was born in Washington, Indiana, on August 23, 1939. He attended Vincennes University, completed B.S. and M.S. degrees at Indiana University, and earned the Ph.D in Guidance and Psychological Services at Indiana State University in 1974.

Dr. Summers has been employed at Vincennes university since 1965 as a faculty member and administrator in several positions. On July 1, 1980, he became the 18th President of Vincennes University, Indiana's only comprehensive two-year college, which today serves approximately 8,000 students.

Current responsibilities and activities include:

    President Emeritus of Vincennes University
    Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Vincennes University and Indiana University
    Project coordinator, Red Skelton Museum and Performing Arts Center Fund Raising
    Co-Executive Secretary for Indiana Conference of Higher Education
    Member of the Indiana Vocational Awards for Excellence Committee
    President, Knox County Community Foundation
    Active member and past moderator of the First Christian Church. (Is a lay speaker at area churches of various denominations.)

Serves as a member of the Board of the following:

    Christian Theological Seminary
    Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation
    St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
    YMCA, Vincennes, Indiana

Speaks to groups on a wide range of subjects and gives the keynote address at many community events; schools and colleges; and conferences and conventions

Offices previously held, miscellaneous services given, and community events in which he has been active include:

    Past National President of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
    Past President and member of the Executive Committee of the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges (CNCTYC)
    Past President of the Training and Educational Data Services (TEDS)
    Past President of the Indiana Conference on Higher Education (ICHE)
    Past Member of the Regional and International Board of Disciples of Christ Christian Church
    Past Member of the USA Group Enterprises Board
    Past President of the Knox County United Fund
    Past President of the Knox County Heart Association
    Past President of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce
    Past Chair of the Vocational Training Committee of Business Modernization Technologies
    Testified before a House of Representatives Sub-Committee in Washington , D.C., on behalf of the Young Adult Conservation Corps
    Participated in Indiana Trade Mission Trip to Japan
    Represented the AACC at the National Forum on Excellence in Education
    Testified at a hearing at Notre Dame University on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act by the U.S. Congress, and at a hearing in Evansville, Indiana, regarding the Job Training Partnership Act, at the request of Indiana's U.S. Senator
    Served on the committee planning of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Northwest Ordinance and helped hot activities in Vincennes to commemorate the occasion
    Was one of 12 state leaders selected by the Carl Duesterberg Society to participate in a study tour of Germany and Denmark
    Served on Workforce Development State Task Force

Awards and honors conferred upon Dr. Summers include:

    Kiwanis President's Award for Distinguished Spiritual Community Service
    Vincennes Civitan Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award
    Vincennes University Blue and Gold Cord Award
    Co-recipient of the Vincennes Fourth of July "Spirit of "76" Award
    Honored by the Mayor and Citizens of Washington, Indiana, at "A Summers Day in April"
    Indiana State University's "Distinguished Alumni Award" for 1985
    Indiana University's ""Distinguished Alumni Award" for 1996
    Indiana Vocational Association 1986 Outstanding Vocational Administrator Award
    Award from National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
    "Sagamore of the Wabash" designation by the Governor of the State of Indiana

Dr. Phillip M. Summers' Presidential Papers have been archived, and his extensive collection is now stored in the Lewis Historical Library adjacent to the Shake Learning Resource Center at Vincennes University. Dr. Summers' VU Presidency spanned the years: 1980-2001. Jill McConnell Larson, archivist/librarian for his papers, has compiled his collection for the years: 1980 through 1997. His Presidential files for 1998-2001 will be archived at a later date.