VU Board of Trustees Extends President Dr. Chuck Johnson’s Contract To 2025


Editor’s Note: Story Courtesy of Vincennes University External Relations

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of President Dr. Chuck Johnson an additional year during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Updike Hall Center for Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

The Board extended Johnson’s contract through Dec. 31, 2025. Before he was appointed president in 2015, Johnson served as interim president for four months and provost for three years.

First Vice Chair Mike Sievers shared the Board’s sentiments and commented on its strong support of Johnson’s leadership.

“Speaking for the Board, we really appreciate the efforts of Dr. Chuck Johnson,” Sievers said. “We feel he’s really focused on the goals the Board set, and he has achieved a lot of those. We’re looking forward to continuing working with him.”

Since Johnson became the 22nd president of VU, he has overseen the development and growth of VU’s work-based learning partnerships with industry, including the Toyota Advanced Maintenance Technician (AMT) program in Southwest Indiana and Southeast Illinois, the Advanced Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) in Lafayette, the Career Advancement Partnership (CAP) in Dubois County, the Machinist Internship Program (MIP), the Cummins Technician Apprenticeship Program (TAP), Central and Hoosier INFAME programs in Indianapolis, and the Amazon Apprenticeship program in Mechatronics and Automation at Plainfield and Vincennes. Johnson has also been extensively involved in the expansion of VU’s Early College program, including the development of Career and Technical Education Early Colleges with 18 career centers and cooperatives across Indiana, reaching thousands of Hoosier students.

Among the most recent initiatives spearheaded by Johnson is the creation of the Center for Applied Robotics and Automation and the development of a network of collaborative robot (cobot) labs throughout Indiana, in partnership with Telamon Robotics.

Johnson thanked the Board for its confidence in his leadership.

“I want to thank the Board for their continued support and faith in me in extending my contract and for all the great advice and confidence you have given me. I truly believe we are in a good position to continue moving forward,” Johnson said.