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New Assistant Vice President/Dean Appointed For VUJC

Gray largeVINCENNES (Vincennes University) – Dr. Chris Gray (pictured) has been appointed assistant vice president/dean of the Vincennes University Jasper Campus, according to an announcement by Chuck Johnson, interim president of VU.

Gray will attend VU’s opening meeting on Aug. 19 and his first day at VUJC will be Aug. 24.

“The search committee did a tremendous job of screening and evaluating candidates for this important position. I am delighted at Dr. Gray’s selection as he has the background and experience to provide strong leadership for VUJC,” Johnson said.

Johnson also thanked retiring VUJC Dean Alan Johnson for his flexibility and willingness to continue serving in his role as VU finalized the search for his replacement. “With this announcement, Al and Carol can finally move forward with the start of a retirement they both have earned over many years of dedicated service,” Johnson said.

Gray comes to VUJC after serving since 2010 as dean of Arts and Communication at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, a comprehensive community college serving 12,000 students. Prior to that he served three years as division chair of Fine Arts/program director of Theatre (bachelor’s level) at Lincoln College, Lincoln, Ill., where he increased enrollment in the division by 80 percent and created the first baccalaureate program at the campus.

He has also served as an instructor at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, and Illinois College, Jacksonville, as well as a director of Residential Life at Lincoln College.

“I’m excited to join the Vincennes University Jasper Campus which plays such an important role in the economic development of Dubois County and the surrounding area. As a junior college graduate myself, I appreciate that VUJC offers so many curricular opportunities. We’re also looking forward to raising our boys in Jasper and becoming part of such a vibrant community where hard work and family values are valued,” Gray said.

Chris and his wife Joy have two sons, Andrew and Jacob.

Gray holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University, where he earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Theatre. He holds an associate degree from Lincoln College. His background also includes writing several publications and presentations at college conferences.

Gray’s community involvement includes serving on the Washington (Ill.) District 51 School Board and volunteer work in 4-H, Cub Scouts, Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln Park District, Washington H.S. Band Boosters, and community theatre.

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