Founded in 1965, USI is a thriving, independent public institution born of need, fueled by community investment, and sustained by alumni success. The University has been a model for learning-centered postsecondary education, delivering high-quality education at the most affordable cost among baccalaureate granting institutions in Indiana. USI is a modern, forward-looking and constantly growing institution with a distinctive energy, momentum, and clarity of purpose that, coupled with the notable dedication, collegiality, and receptiveness to change of its faculty and staff, make the position of President at USI a unique opportunity.
USI enrolls just over 11,000 dual credit, undergraduate and graduate students in more than 100 areas of study from 90 Indiana counties, 39 states, and 70 countries. The University is set on a beautiful 1,400 acre campus in Evansville, IN, the third largest city in Indiana—a river city rich with Indiana history—supported by the local business community and a growing arts and entertainment culture. The Carnegie Foundation designated USI as a "community engaged" university because of the extent of its collaboration with the region and state, as well as integration of engagement into curricula. USI is one of only 361 campuses nationwide to hold this designation. A collaborative culture, regional connectedness, and sound fiscal condition set USI apart. The University’s 2017-18 operating budget is $114 million.
USI boasts competitive and renowned programs through the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Romain College of Business, the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, which includes a growing engineering program with a one-of-a-kind multi-million dollar Applied Engineering Center, and the College of Liberal Arts, which includes a nationally renowned Theatre Program with a state-of-the-art Performance Center. The University is home to a number of rapidly growing graduate programs with online offerings, and provides study-abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries, while hosting international students from around the globe. USI offers continuing education and special programs to more than 16,000 participants annually. Additionally, USI is involved with Outreach and Engagement programs like Historic Southern Indiana and Historic New Harmony, and mobilizes resources and entrepreneurship through its Center for Applied Research, downtown Innovation Pointe, Technology Commercialization Academy and work with the I-69 Innovation Corridor
The University is a competitive member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 17 varsity intercollegiate men's and women's sports that boasts numerous regional and national championships. In 2010 and again in 2014, USI Men's Baseball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. The University is currently undergoing an approximately $66 million construction and renovation project that will offer a stunning 4,800-seat arena, athletic facilities and kinesiology and sport labs.
The University of Southern Indiana’s vision is a simple but powerful one: Shaping the future through learning and innovation.
Its mission statement is:
USI is an engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness, and fostering partnerships through comprehensive outreach programs. We prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community.