VINCENNES, Ind. – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Don Villwock of
Edwardsport to the Vincennes University Board of Trustees on Nov. 25.
VU President Chuck Johnson expressed his pleasure with the Governor's appointment.
"Don brings so many attributes that will make him an outstanding
addition to our board and I am excited to work with him in his new
role,” Johnson said. “As a leading light in Indiana agriculture for
decades, Don brings expertise and a personal reputation to the Board
that will have huge benefits for Vincennes University. His connections
with Purdue University align with the many partnerships between the
two institutions and, as a Knox County resident and business owner,
Don brings deep insight into the needs of people and communities in
Villwock is the owner and manager of Villwock Farms, which has
acreage in Knox, Daviess, Sullivan, and Greene counties. It was
founded in 1972. Villwock graduated that same year from Purdue
University with a degree in Agricultural Economics – Farm Management.
Villwock served as the president of Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana
Farm Bureau Insurance Companies from 2002 to 2015.
He replaces Millie Marshall as a trustee. His term expires Oct. 4, 2020.
“It is indeed an honor to be asked to serve at an institution where I
truly believe in its mission,” Villwock said. “I have been on numerous
committees through the years at Vincennes University. I’ve been doing
all I can to help forward the mission and all the things the
University is involved with.
“When the governor called and asked if I would serve, I was truly honored.”
Villwock has strong ties to Vincennes University. He holds an
Honorary Doctorate from VU. His wife, Joyce Villwock, is a former VU
Director of Alumni Relations and a Family and Consumer Sciences instructor.
Don Villwock has significant national, state, and local leadership experience.
He was appointed the United States Department of Agriculture state
executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation
Service (ASCS) in 1989. He was appointed to the 21st Century
Commission on Agriculture in 1997. He also served as the state
agricultural liaison to the late U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar from 1984 to
1989. He has served on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors,
American Farm Bureau Board Executive Committee, and has held numerous
other national leadership posts.
In addition, he is a former chairman of the Indiana Institute of
Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. He is a former state board member of
the Indiana Corn Growers and Indiana Soybean Growers associations.
Villwock also is past president of the Knox County Farm Bureau and is
a former vice chairman of the Knox County Redevelopment Commission.
Villwock is a recipient of the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash,
the highest civilian honor in Indiana. Also included among his many
honors and distinctions are the Indiana Lt. Governor’s AgriVision
Award, Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Award, USDA
Administrator’s Award of Excellence for Distinctive Service, Indiana
Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture, and Knox County Chamber of
Commerce Community Service Award.
Villwock and his wife have two daughters and two grandchildren.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
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