Board of Trustees Board of Trustees

CHAIR:    John A. Stachura
VP and General Manager
Solar Sources Underground LLC
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1997 E. DeerpathTrail
Vincennes, IN  47591
Appointed:  11-06; Term Expires:  April 1, 2019

First Vice Chair:  Michael J. (Mike) Sievers
Owner, Sievers & Companies
P.O. Box 726
Vincennes, IN  47591
Appointed:  11/06; Term Expires:  April 1, 2019

Second Vice Chair:  Reginald K. (Reggie) Henderson
VP and General Manager
Telamon Energy Solutions
1000 E. 116th Street
Carmel, IN  46032
Appointed:  12-07; Term Expires:  Nov 15, 2019

Secretary:  John R. (J.R.) Gaylor
President & CEO
Associated Builders & Contractors of Indiana, Inc.
5001 N. Shadeland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46226
Appointed:  11-05; Term Expires:  October 1, 2017

Student Trustee:  Drew A. Brown
201 W. St. Clair, Apt. 201-22
Vincennes, IN  47591
Appointed:  10-16; Term Expires:  October 1, 2017

VU President:  Charles R. (Chuck) Johnson, Jr
Vincennes University
1002 N. First Street
Vincennes, IN  47591
Appointed:  Ex-officio Member 8-15

Darrel L. Bobe
Superintendent, North Knox School Corp.
11110 N. State Road 159
Bicknell, IN  47512
Appointed:  Ex-officio Member 7-10

R. Scott Brand
Vice President of Quality Control
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
5500 State Road 38 East, PO Box 5689
Lafayette, IN  47903
Appointed:  4-16; Term Expires:  April 1, 2019

Timothy A. (Tim) Grove
Superintendent, South Knox School Corp
6116 E State Road 61
Vincennes, IN  47591
Appointed:  Ex-officio Member 7-12

C. James (Jim) McCormick
Chairman Emeritus
Best Way Express, Inc.
PO Box 728
Vincennes, IN 47591
Appointed:  1-07; Term Expires:  October 1, 2017

Susan V. Olesik
Chair & Dow Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
The Ohio State University
100 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH  43210
Appointed:  10-13; Term Expires: October 1, 2019

Gregory T. (Greg) Parsley
Superintendent, Vincennes Community School Corp
1712 S. Quail Run Road
Vincennes, IN 47591
Appointed:  Ex-officio Member 7-12

George S. Ridgway
Chief Architect
Cook Group, Inc.
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2225 S Cave Rd
Bloomington, IN 47403
Appointed:  10-13; Term Expires: October 1, 2019

Eric J. (Rick) Schach
Executive VP & COO, Utility Operations
Vectren Corporation
One Vectren Sq, 211 NW Riverside Dr
Evansville, IN  47708
Appointed:  11-05; Term Expires: October 1, 2017

President Chuck Johnson President Chuck Johnson

Meet Our President

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Johnson Named 22nd President of Vincennes University
VINCENNES, Ind. - With the appointment of Dr. Charles “Chuck” Johnson as the 22nd president of Vincennes University, the Board of Trustees has validated VU’s place as an integral part of Indiana’s educational and economic future.  Johnson has served VU as Interim President of Indiana’s oldest higher education institution since August 1, following the retirement of long-serving President Dick Helton.  The board unanimously voted the presidential appointment at its December 2 meeting.

Board Chair John Stachura cited Johnson’s work in his previous position as VU Provost as a key factor in the Board’s recent appointment.  “In addition to serving as the University’s Chief Academic Officer, Chuck played a significant role in the development of business and industry partnerships.  He has also been instrumental in developing collaborative relationships with K-12 schools and career and technical education centers, assuring that a college degree is accessible and affordable for thousands of Hoosiers and their families.”

According to Johnson, “VU’s industry and K-12 initiatives are fully in concert with the Indiana General Assembly, whose confidence in VU has been demonstrated by recent funding that will produce qualified graduates in areas that will benefit Indiana business and industry.”  Johnson indicated his appreciation of the support the University has received from the State and he plans to build on VU’s momentum in these and other areas.

“VU is well positioned for continued success and growth thanks to the legacy of Dr. Helton and the hard work of our faculty and staff.  VU is where it is today because of the quality reputation we’ve built over more than 200 years and I look forward to working with all of our partners and stakeholders to serve the needs of our State and keep VU strong,” Johnson said.

Stachura emphasized the Board’s motivation for appointing Johnson.  “By selecting Dr. Johnson as VU’s new leader, the Board of Trustees has chosen an individual who will continue the strategic mission established by Vincennes University and supported by Indiana leaders.”

A native of Washington, Indiana, Johnson came to VU in 2012 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he served more than 14 years overseeing internationally ranked MBA, Master’s, and executive education programs for the Krannert School of Management.  While at Purdue he also served as a consultant to a start-up institution of higher education in Kuwait, the American University of the Middle East.  He later served as a member of its Board of Advisors.

Prior to joining Purdue, Johnson worked in training and development and human resources for National City Bank in Toledo, Ohio (now PNC), and in a variety of student and academic affairs and instructional positions over 11 years at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Johnson graduated from Washington Catholic High School prior to earning his B.S. in economics from Indiana State University.  He holds an MBA from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University, West Lafayette.

Johnson’s wife, Sarah Guerrettaz, a career educator for more than 25 years, has taught English at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels.  She is a Vincennes native and VU alumna.  They are the parents of two daughters.

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Provost Laurel Smith Provost Laurel Smith

Meet Our Provost

Dr. Laurel Smith, Professor of English at VU, has been appointed as VU interim Provost and Vice President of Instructional Services/Dean of the Faculty.

Smith has been a member of the VU faculty since 1985.  In addition to her years of teaching and advising in the College of Humanities, Smith has also served VU as Director of the Honors Program, Chair of the English Department, and Interim Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Instruction.  

Working with educators across the state, Smith serves on the Statewide Leadership Committee for the Indiana Commission of Higher Education and as co-chair of the Core Transfer Library Sub-committee, also for ICHE.  In October 2015, Smith will lead a VU team to the Complete College America conference at the invitation of CCA.  Appointed by the Governor to the Region 11 Works Council in 2013, Smith continues to promote Career and Tech Education throughout this Region and the state of Indiana.  

Throughout her career, Smith has welcomed opportunities to collaborate in and out of the classroom.  With husband Steven, Laurel Smith actively participates in local and regional initiatives to support literacy, history, wellness, and the arts.
Smith's poetry has appeared in various small magazines, including Natural Bridge, New Millennium Writings, Tipton Review, and JAMA: Journal of the AMA.  She is co-author of Early Works by Modern Women Writers: Woolf, Bowen, Mansfield, Cather and Stein (Mellen 2006, with Lana Hartman Landon).  Smith collaborated on the original script for Alice of Old Vincennes: A Musical (with Jay Kerr and Jim Spurrier).  For Indiana’s bicentennial, AOV: A Musical is scheduled for its world premiere at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center in May 2016.

Smith earned her Ph.D. in English from Ball State University (1991).  She holds an MA (1985) from Ball State and a BA (1978) from Manchester College, now Manchester University.