University News – October 3

Poynter’s scholarship donation honors wife

Bob Poynter of Seymour honored his wife, Vicki Johnson-Poynter, for her work developing future nursing leaders with a scholarship award to the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC.

Poynter pledged $50,000 — in increments of $10,000 through 2020 — to the IU Foundation for the Vicki Johnson-Poynter Future Nurse Leader scholarship.

Johnson-Poynter has been a registered nurse for 40 years, working in an operating room for 25 years and in nursing administration for 13. She retired in April as vice president and chief nursing officer from Schneck Medical Center.

“I wanted to honor Vicki’s 40 years of service as a nursing leader. She has improved the care in every community where she has worked, and I want to honor her hard work and dedication in a meaningful way. She has a passion for quality patient care; I would like to be a part of preparing other nurses to carry on her vision,” Bob Poynter said.

Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5645.