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Richard E. Helton, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees

Emeritus President (retired)

Vincennes University

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

richard helton

Dr. Richard Helton served 47 years in public education, including 11 years as President of Vincennes University prior to his retirement in 2015. Most recently, he completed an 18-month term as Interim President of Wittenberg University. Upon his Indiana retirement, he received the honorary Sagamore of the Wabash award from the Indiana Governor’s Office for rendering distinguished service to the state. Cited as a “transformational leader,” he led VU to eight years of continuous growth culminating in system-wide headcount enrollment that surpassed 19,000 students. He also was a leader in developing an ever-growing number of partnerships with major employers, secondary schools and career centers, armed forces and communities. Far beyond the borders of Indiana, VU’s Military Education Program continued to grow, making VU the number one provider of education aboard deployed U.S. Coast Guard Cutters, the third-largest provider of educational services to the U.S. Coast Guard, and one of the largest providers to the military in the nation. Helton is a graduate of Indiana State University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, plus both a master’s degree in secondary education and an educational specialist degree from Indiana University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Hanover College. Helton joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2018.