New leadership for Bradley’s Board of Trustees

ROBERT TURNER ’77 MBA ’78

ROBERT TURNER ’77 MBA ’78, a member of the Bradley Board of Trustees since 1998, was elected chairman following the death of Michel McCord in October. Turner is chairman and chief investment officer for Turner Investments LP in Pennsylvania, which he co-founded in 1990. Previously, he served as chairman of the board’s finance and property, academic planning, and executive committees. 

Turner and his wife, Carolyn, were recognized recently for their contributions to the University with the establishment last October of the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. They received the President’s Award in 2010, and he was inducted into the Centurion Society in 2011. The Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Foster College of Business Administration is named in their honor. The Turners endowed the Robert and Carolyn Turner Center for Entrepreneurship in 2000. 

The board elected DOUGLAS S. STEWART, MBA ’79 as vice chairman. He has served on the board since 2003 and is regional president of PNC Financial Services Group. GEORGIA HEARD-LABONNE ’74, associate director of the Illinois Department of Transportation, was named board secretary. She also has been a board member since 2003. 

ROBIN KELLY ’78 MA ’82 was elected to a four-year board term. The chief administrative officer for Cook County, she was named a Centurion in 2009. 

Kelly won the Democratic primary on February 26 in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. She faces the Republican primary winner in the special election on April 9.

 

 


 

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Dr. Jeffrey Bakken, dean of the Graduate School, presents a diploma to KELLY AMUNDRUD ’12 MSA ’12 at December commencement.

Graduates reach for the stars

Graduates at the midyear commencement were given a new mission by NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. The former astronaut and decorated Marine officer told students to “make your lives ones of action, not reaction. That is your mission.” 

Bolden was the keynote speaker for the commencement on December 15, 2012, at the Renaissance Coliseum. He cited the University’s emphasis on science, engineering, and entrepreneurship, saying the country needs those skills in the future. During the ceremony, President Joanne Glasser also highlighted the first African-American astronaut, ROBERT H. LAWRENCE ’56, who died in a flight training accident in 1967 before going into space. 

DOUG GARNER ’63 came back after 50 years to participate in the ceremony and drove his 1955 Thunderbird to campus. His graduation was postponed because of the Bradley Hall fire; he had received his degree in the mail after going to work for Ford Motor Co. in 1963.

One person at the ceremony completed a mission delayed by the Bradley Hall fire 50 years ago. DOUG GARNER ’63 received his degree in the mail that spring but came back to walk in commencement in 2012. 

“I crammed four years of college into four-and-a-half years,” joked Garner, an automotive applied science major and now an Iowa farmer. He said he regretted not coming back for graduation after starting to work for Ford in St. Louis. “I missed all that. I didn’t feel the need to come back. That’s the way I felt at the time. I thought about it more and more as time went on.” 

Garner’s wife, Sharie, and his children and grandchildren attended his delayed commencement. 

Officially, 233 undergraduate degrees and 60 graduate degrees were awarded in December. 

ONLINE:  Visit bradley.edu/go/ht-decgrad2012 for a video of Bolden’s speech. 

– Bob Grimson ’81
Photography by Duane Zehr