Longtime businessman and Vincennes University board member C. James McCormick has passed away. Vincennes President Chuck Johnson says McCormick’s time on the board marked "remarkable years of progress, thanks in part to his visionary leadership and generous philanthropy."
McCormick was 92.
Service to Vincennes ran in McCormick’s family. McCormick served on the Vincennes board from 1990-1999 and 2007-2017. He was most recently appointed to the board by Governor Mitch Daniels to complete the term of McCormick’s late son, C.J. "Mac" McCormick III. His father, Clarence McCormick, served on the board from 1953-1976.
"His service on the VU Board, including six years as its chair, were remarkable years of progress thanks in part to his visionary leadership and generous philanthropy, particularly in support of the Mac McCormick Scholarship and the creation of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy," said Johnson. "The Museum is appropriately part of VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, which he also supported from concept to completion."
McCormick was a prominent name in the local banking industry. He served as chair of 1st Bancorp and First Federal Bank in Vincennes until December 1998. He also previously served on the boards of German American Bancorp and First American Bank, as well as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis.
The lifelong Knox County resident also previously served on boards including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement on McCormick’s death:
I’m deeply saddened by the news of Jim McCormick’s passing. Jim was a dear friend, neighbor, and mentor to me and so many others in business, government, higher education and philanthropy. Over a legendary lifetime, Jim’s contributions to the welfare of our state and nation are immeasurable. Janet and I offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends as they mourn the loss of this giant of a man.