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  • Richard A. "Lobo" Shepard (1952 - 2008)
    Columbus Republic 11 Jan 2008 Richard Shepard ColumbusRichard "LOBO" Shepard passed away Jan. 9, 2008, at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility after a long and courageous fight, surround...
  • Virgil Ray McKee (1945 - 2009)
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 Greene County Daily World Virgil R. McKee, 63, of Bicknell and formerly of Sandborn, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009, at his residence. He was born May 21, 1945, the son o...
  • Major Benjamin Parke, US Congress (1777 - 1835)
    Parke (September 2, 1777 – July 12, 1835) was a 19th-century American soldier and politician in the Indiana Territory and later state of Indiana.BiographyParke was born in New Jersey on Sep. 2, 1777 wh...
  • Enoch Albert Bryan (1855 - 1941)
    JOHN BRYAN was born about 1763 in northeastern Maryland. He began business as a manufacturer of woolen goods in Beaver County, Penn. His son, John Bryan, Jr., was born in that county in 1811. He obtain...
  • Willis Washington Hitt (1801 - 1876)
    Physician for 50 years in Vincennes, Indiana. Fell ill at age 18 and lost left lung; this motivated him to practice medicine. 1832 - wrote: "History of a Sarcomatus Tumor - its Extirpation" in the West...


Vincennes University (VU) is a public university in Vincennes, Indiana, in the United States. Founded in 1801 as Jefferson Academy, VU is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory and in Indiana. Since 1889, VU has been a two-year university, although baccalaureate degrees in seven select areas are available. Unlike most other two-year higher-education institutions, however, the VU's campus in Vincennes is a residential campus and has been since its establishment. VU was chartered in 1806 as the Indiana Territory's four-year university and remained the state of Indiana's sole publicly funded four-year university until the establishment of Indiana University in 1820. From 1999 to 2005, Vincennes University was in a state-mandated partnership with what became the Ivy Tech Community College.

In 2011, Vincennes University opened the $12 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing located near Fort Branch, Indiana. The facility significantly enhances the training facilities currently in existence at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Plant between Fort Branch and Princeton as well as at the Gibson Generating Station, near Mount Carmel, Illinois, to meet the regional growth of demand with the expanding industry both in Gibson County and in the immediate Evansville area.

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