Kristi Deetz has been named executive director of the Vincennes University Foundation. She will also serve as senior director of Advancement for the university.
DSeetz has led efforts to develop strategic marketing, communications, and recruitment initiatives, as well as direct brand management, institutional positioning, media relations, and crisis communications. She was a VU Peer Recognition Award recipient in 2006.
Deetz has a long history with VU. A Vincennes native, she has more than 25 years of experience working at the university.
She was communications manager from 2004-06, following 13 years as producer/director for WVUT-TV, a part of the VU Broadcasting Department. While at WVUT she also served as an adjunct instructor of broadcasting.
Her VU ties run deep. Deetz is a second-generation VU alumna. Her son Kenneth graduated from VU in May and her daughter Elizabeth is a freshman at VU.
Beginning with a high school internship at VU in communications, Deetz earned associate degrees in both broadcast technology and modern foreign language. In addition, she served as class officer and the student appointee of Governor Robert Orr to the VU Board of Trustees. She also received an Indiana Vocational Education Award for Excellence.
Deetz earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in executive development in public service, both from Ball State University, all with high distinction. She is also a graduate of Lincoln High School.
She was a member of the board for Leadership Knox County, where she designed new curriculum and served as its facilitator/instructor in 2012-14. Since 2009 she has served on the board of the Lincoln High School Band Boosters. She is currently on the board for PACE Community Action Agency Inc.
Deetz has served in leadership roles for the Vincennes Education Foundation, Old Town Players, First United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts of America, and the Lincoln High School Soccer Boosters. She is a member of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Omicron Delta Chapter.