University honors outgoing Board chairman
By Gayle Erwin McDowell ’77
The small town of Elmwood has been in the news since a tornado devastated its downtown last June. The can-do attitude of its residents resulted in a speedier comeback for the central Illinois community than was ever imagined.
An Elmwood native with that same attitude has been helping his alma mater for decades. GERRY SHAHEEN ’66 MBA ’68 completed his four-year term as chairman of the Bradley Board of Trustees in January.
Shaheen’s relationship with Bradley began when he and his brother GEORGE SHAHEEN ’66 MBA ’68 enrolled in 1962. The twins played basketball and pledged Sigma Nu their freshman year. Gerry held the offices of president and pledge trainer in the fraternity. He also was active in student business organizations and Interfraternity Council.
“Gerry knew even then that leadership is about giving back, being compassionate, and doing for others. Throughout his service on the Board, and especially as chairman, those have been his foundation,” said Joanne Glasser, Bradley president. “I appreciate his leadership, his vision, and his drive.”
After graduation Shaheen embarked on a distinguished career with Caterpillar. From 1999 until his retirement in 2008, he was a Caterpillar group president. Shaheen also served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a board member of Ford Motor Co. and AGCO Corp. He has served on the Bradley University Board of Trustees for the past 10 years. He was recognized as a Centurion in 1993 when he received Bradley’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Currently he is chairman of the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance.
“I’m proud of what the Board of Trustees has accomplished. Our University and our facilities now rival those at any university in the nation,” said Shaheen. “I’ve been blessed to work with a talented Board that has been focused on making Bradley a university of national distinction. I’ll continue to contribute to Bradley to move our University forward into the future.”
Michel McCord, CEO and chairman of Illinois Mutual, a nationwide insurance company based in Peoria, succeeds Shaheen as chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Shaheen and his wife PAMELA CUTHBERT SHAHEEN ’73 are members of the Renaissance Circle Society in recognition of their $1 million gift to the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance in 2008. Shaheen also held leadership roles in two previous campaigns: the Campaign for Bradley in the ’80s and the Centennial Campaign in the ’90s.
Bradley’s professional sales program is now a full member of the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA), a national academic organization that promotes the study of sales in universities. Members of the organization have the opportunity to network with other members and share research findings and teaching strategies.
Bradley’s program is led by Dr. Mark Johlke, associate professor of marketing, and has had the best overall record at the National Collegiate Sales Competition over the past six years. Graduates from the program have had a 100 percent job placement rate, even through the recession. Visit universitysalescenteralliance.org for more information.
Excavation of Westlake Hall’s new wing is finished. Structural steel was delivered in late February, and erection of the new building’s steel will continue through April. Inside, temporary heating units were installed in the existing building to allow work to continue through the winter.
constructionspring2011 to view a campus construction video by DAVE SNELL ’76.
Installation of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center’s limestone exterior is nearly complete, as is hanging of drywall in the basement and first floor. Painting of the second and third floor walls is in progress, and light fixtures, speakers, and fire alarms are being installed on those floors. Installation of the building’s elevators is complete.