Dr. Janna Partin Vice, ’73, ’74, came to Eastern from rural Whitley County at 17, nervous, yet buoyed by the support of her family’s steady faith in her ability. She found fine faculty and mentors in Drs. Jack Dyer, Emogene Hogg-Hartman, Myrena Jennings and Al Patrick. She and her husband, Wayne D. Vice, ’73, both credit mentors for their first professional posts: after graduation, Janna Vice got her start as assistant to the registrar at Berea College. Back at Eastern in 1976, she began as instructor in what was then the business education and office administration department, earning her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1981. She rose to become a full professor of corporate communication and technology and associate dean of the college of business and technology. In 2009, she completed the Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard’s graduate school of education.
As dedicated and skilled in the classroom as she was as an administrator, Vice earned teaching excellence awards from the college of business, EKU’s Alumni Association, and the Kentucky Business Education Association. Student evaluations are glowing: “Dr. Vice is exceptionally intelligent, caring and helpful . . . challenging assignments help students reach their maximum potential. I am thankful for such a wonderful professor.”
Trusted to serve Eastern more broadly, Vice became interim associate provost for academic and faculty affairs in 2007 and by 2010 was provost and vice president for academic affairs, a post she holds now. She has also chaired the university athletics committee, been faculty athletics representative to the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education and on the Kentucky Task Force on World Languages.
She sees her 35 years at Eastern as a fortunate gift, the opportunity to serve “an institution that I love, one whose mission is worthy, and with colleagues whom I respect.” This fall, a new generation of students are finding their mentors on Campus Beautiful.