Vincennes University has named Dean Ackerman interim dean of the College of Technology. He previously served as a professor in the school's Electronics Department. The school also named Art Haase special assistant to the provost. He previously served as dean of the College of Technology.

August 8, 2014

News Release

VINCENNES, Ind. — Vincennes University Provost Chuck Johnson announced today two key academic appointments.

Effective August 11, Professor Dean Ackerman will become interim dean of the College of Technology, replacing Art Haase, who announced in May his intention to retire after 39 years of service. Haase will become a special assistant to the Provost, working on the development of new programs and partnerships.

“To help maintain its momentum, I am pleased to announce that Professor Dean Ackerman has agreed to take on the role of interim dean of the College of Technology. Dean, who officially retired from the Electronics Department in June of this year, brings to the position a rich background of teaching, leadership, and service at VU from his nearly 39-year career,”

Johnson said.

VU will proceed this fall with conducting a full search for a new dean.

Haase has been an integral part of VU and the College of Technology as a faculty member, department chair, and for the past 13 years, as dean. His new office will be located in the recently remodeled section of the first floor of the Young Building.

“Art's impact on the College of Technology and on VU will be felt for many years to come. He has been instrumental in forging many substantial and high profile industry and education partnerships for the College. Under his leadership, programs in the College of Technology have gained recognition state-wide and nationally,” Johnson said.

Haase’s four decades of contributions to Career and Technical Education in Indiana were recognized earlier this year when he received the Meredith Thompson Statewide Service to Career and Technical Education Award, presented by the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education.

“I ask everyone to join me in thanking Art for his great contributions to VU and in wishing him well in retirement. I also ask everyone to welcome Dean to his new role in serving VU,” Johnson said.

VU President Dick Helton said that the College of Technology has long benefitted from strong leadership. “The reputation of the graduates of VU’s technology programs is known far and wide, thanks to the leadership and experience of our faculty, department chairs and dean. The College has made great progress under Art Haase’s leadership and I am confident we will continue to move forward,” Helton said.

Source: Vincennes University

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