Remembering Gen. John Shalikashvili ’58 HON ’94

General JOHN SHALIKASHVILI ’58 HON ’94 speaks in the White House Rose Garden on the day of his nomination to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in August 1993. President 
Bill Clinton and then-Chairman Gen. Colin Powell look on. 
AP / Doug Mills.

When former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff JOHN SHALIKASHVILI ’58 HON ’94 immigrated to Peoria from Warsaw, Poland, at age 16, he barely spoke English. He learned by watching John Wayne movies at the Varsity Theater on Main Street. He said his story could happen “only in America.” The general died July 23. 

Known affectionately by many as “Shali,” he was considered “stateless” because his parents were Russian refugees. His first and only citizenship was in the United States at age 21 in 1958, the same year he earned his Bradley degree in mechanical engineering. He was drafted two months later and entered the Army at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. 

Friday, Oct. 14

Memorial Service & Chapter Eternal Ritual for General John Shalikashvili ’58 HON ’98
Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
3 p.m. | Marty Theater, Michel Student Center, lower level | Everyone
Hosted by Theta Chi Fraternity, Gamma Upsilon Chapter

After a successful military career, Shalikashvili was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the nation’s highest military position in 1993. He served until 1997 and was the first draftee and the first foreign-born citizen to become chairman. During his tenure, he oversaw more than 40 operations, including the liberation of Haiti from a dictatorship, the aftermath of the dissolve of the Soviet Union, and a confrontation with Korea. 

The general had also served as the supreme allied commander of Europe for NATO from 1992–93. Before that, he led Operation Provide Comfort for Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq in 1991 for President George H.W. Bush.

In retirement, Shalikashvili was a visiting professor at Stanford, where he was a senior adviser to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project.

“… it was a life that had some meaning. It wasn’t just making a buck,” Shalikashvili said in describing his enjoyment of Army life to a Journal Star reporter in 1999. “You were doing something for your country. For me, that meant twice as much as most because I feel I owe this country so much.” 

A former member of Bradley’s Board of Trustees, he suffered a stroke in 2004 that paralyzed his left side. He led a fundraising campaign in 2009 for the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakeland, Washington, a rehabilitation facility for injured veterans where he also did physical therapy. 

Shalikashvili received the Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — in 1997. He was Bradley’s Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient in 1998 and a Centurion. 

His obituary appears in In Memory.

—Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10

New police chief on campus

Following a national search, Brian Joschko assumed duties as Bradley’s chief of police on June 27. The former senior lieutenant at Marquette University holds a degree in criminology and law studies from Marquette and has more than 12 years of experience with the Marquette Department of Public Safety.

“The two universities are incredibly similar, which is certainly a factor in why I want to be a part of Bradley,”
said Joschko. “I’m excited about the opportunity not only because of Bradley’s tremendous reputation of academic excellence, but also because of President Glasser’s commitment to maintaining a safe learning environment and community. I look forward to working closely with the students, staff, and faculty, as well as the members of the community.”

Joschko will enhance the University’s community policing orientation, assist in integrating a stronger technology presence in department operations and campus security, and lead additional initiatives.

Joschko’s wife, Theresa LaHood Joschko, is an East Peoria native.

Longtime Chief of Police David Baer retired on September 17, 2010, after more than 37 years of service. In August, Lt. Troy Eeten was honored with a President’s Award for serving  as interim chief during the search. 

—Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97

Bradley ranks among best

For the 13th consecutive year, Bradley made The Princeton Review’s list of top schools, appearing in the 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges. Published annually by Random House, the guide profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Review commended Bradley for providing students with “everything they need to be successful.” The guide bases its ratings on opinions from students, parents, and college counselors.

“I am very pleased that Bradley University is held in such a high regard among the nation’s colleges and universities,” said President Joanne Glasser. “At Bradley, academic excellence, experiential learning, and leadership development provide a world-class education for our extraordinary students.”

Bradley also appeared on The Review’s list of 153 “Best Midwestern Colleges” and was named a “Best Bet” college in a new guidebook, The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford.


Find more information on The Princeton Review and “Best Bet” rankings.

Read about Bradley’s ranking in U.S.News & World Report.

The authors of The Financial Aid Handbook compiled a list of 60 selective U.S. colleges where average student loan burdens don’t exceed $8,000 per year and where average grants exceed average loans. “Every single school we list is a wonderful place to get an education,” said authors Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik.

The guide noted Bradley’s size — large enough to have separate career-oriented colleges and Division I athletics, yet small enough that students text their professors with questions.

It also recognized Bradley’s connection with the business community and the University’s high degree of “connectedness” for students, including Internet2 access.