Focus on Founder's Day

Delta executive named distinguished alumnus


STEVE GORMAN, MBA ’78, chief operating officer of Delta Air Lines, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award on October 14, 2011. He also has worked at Ford, Northwest Airlines, Krispy Kreme, and Greyhound.

For the 30th year Bradley has bestowed the honor, STEPHEN GORMAN, MBA ’78 received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted into the Centurion Society during the 115th annual Founder’s Day Convocation last October.

“When I look at the Centurion Society list, I am truly humbled,” Gorman told the audience. He is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Delta Air Lines.

As one of Delta’s highest ranking executives, Gorman oversees airport customer service; corporate safety, security, and compliance; flight operations and in-flight service; supply chain management; and technical operations. He also heads Delta’s global services, Delta Connection, and the operations control center, as well as the company’s diversity council.

Prior to joining Delta, Gorman oversaw the expansion of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ stores and product lines as head of its North American operations, and he spearheaded Greyhound Lines’ four-year financial turnaround as the bus company’s CEO. Earlier, he served as executive vice president of flight operations and technical operations at Northwest Airlines. 

While Gorman has ventured into other fields, his career began in transportation. A Eureka College graduate and Bradford native, he joined Ford Motor Co. after receiving his MBA at Bradley. “Bradley is very special to me,” Gorman told the audience on Founder’s Day. “I look at Bradley as the foundation on which I built my career.”

Gorman’s allegiance to the University has continued. He is a former Bradley Trustee and founded the Gorman Entrepreneurship Education Fund, which provides resources and opportunities for entrepreneurship students, including business plan software, subscriptions to entrepreneurship magazines, campus speakers, and trips to the National Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization Conference. 

“The credo I live by is be humble, be honest, work hard, and always be prepared,” Gorman said. He and his wife Debra have three children and live in Frisco, Texas.

— Erin Wood Miller ’09


Recognized for top achievements in their fields, (from left) BOB TURNER ’77 MBA ’78, CHUCK EBELING ’66, STEVE GORMAN, MBA ’78, and JIM SHADID ’79 are new members of Bradley’s Centurion Society.

Four leaders inducted into Centurion Society

Four alumni were inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society on October 14, 2011, during the Founder’s Day Convocation. The new Centurions include a retired public relations executive, an investments entrepreneur, a federal judge, and an airline executive. There are now 171 members of the Centurion Society, which began in 1982 as a way to recognize alumni for outstanding achievements in their fields and for bringing national and international credit to Bradley. 

Charles Ebeling ’66
Public relations executive, retired

A former corporate communications officer and chief spokesperson for McDonald’s Corp. for 15 years, CHUCK EBELING ’66 received the Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America for his part in creating the Ronald McDonald House. 

An expert in public relations, media relations, marketing, and corporate philanthropy, Ebeling created the McDonald’s Global Media Center, which developed and implemented media strategies, media relationships, and managed contingency and crisis communications. He served as a consultant to every McDonald’s CEO until his retirement in 2000.

Ebeling established a competition for Bradley public relations students in 2004, the Ebeling PR-ize, which brings real-world experience into the classroom and rewards students for outstanding public relations campaigns that link community businesses with local nonprofits.

Ebeling and his wife Vicki live in Chicago. 

Robert Turner ’77 MBA ’78
Investments entrepreneur

BOB TURNER ’77 MBA ’78 and his brother MARK TURNER ’80 founded Turner Investment Partners Inc. in 1990 in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. In addition to his role as chairman and chief investment officer, Turner is lead portfolio manager for the company’s large cap growth and global growth strategies, and he developed its equity investment process. Turner Investments, an employee-owned management firm, manages more than $18 billion in equity investments for institutions and individuals.

A Bradley Trustee, Turner also is a member of the advisory board for CityTeam Ministries, a nonprofit serving the poor and homeless in Philadelphia, and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture advisory council.

In 2000, Bob and his wife Carolyn established the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and received the President’s Award in 2010. The Turners are members of the Renaissance Circle Society. They live in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and have four children, including ANDREW TURNER ’11

James Shadid ’79
Federal judge

JIM SHADID ’79 is a federal judge for the Central District of Illinois, nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2010, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2011.

Shadid earned a juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1983, then worked in private practice until being appointed a judge for the 10th Circuit of Illinois in 2001. He also was a part-time public defender for 15 years and commissioner of the Illinois Court of Claims for five years. Shadid has been an adjunct professor at Bradley since 2004.

A former Bradley baseball star, Shadid was the team’s MVP in 1977 and 1978. He is a member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame and was honored by 40 Leaders Under Forty. He and his wife Jane live in Peoria. They have three children, including JAMES SHADID JR. ’08

Spotlight on faculty on Founder’s Day

In addition to recognizing outstanding alumni and honoring Bradley’s inspirational founder, Founder’s Day has long been a time to announce prestigious awards for faculty. The 2011 recipients continue to make strides in the fields of communication, history, psychology, and electrical engineering.

Putnam Award 

Dr. Paul Gullifor was announced as the recipient of the 2011 Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the Henry M. Pindell Endowed Chair in communication. Gullifor has garnered numerous awards since joining the Bradley faculty in 1988. He holds a master’s degree in broadcast management and programming from Indiana State University and a doctoral degree in communication from the University of Missouri. 

Rothberg Award

Dr. Stacey Robertson, interim chairwoman of the history department, received the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award. It is presented annually to a professor with distinguished contributions to research or creative productions. Robertson has led the women’s studies department since arriving at Bradley in 1994. She has published numerous books, including two titles in 2010, and lectures frequently. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Caterpillar Awards for faculty

Dr. Stephenie Chaudoir, assistant professor of psychology, was recognized with the Caterpillar Inc. faculty achievement award for scholarship. Her research focuses on the factors that allow individuals living with concealable stigmatized identities, such as HIV/AIDS, to cope successfully and thrive in the face of them. Her doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut is in social psychology.

Dr. JOSE SANCHEZ ’00 MSEE ’02, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, accepted the Caterpillar Inc. faculty award for teaching. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in 2009. His interests include digital signal processing (DSP), real-time implementation of DSP, remote image formation, and ultrasonic imaging.

BUAA honors Risinger

Senator Dale RisingerDale Risinger, retired engineer and state senator, was honored with the Lydia Moss Bradley Award for outstanding service to the University at the 2011 Founder’s Day luncheon. He represented the 37th Senate District in Illinois from 2003 to 2011. The Peorian’s involvement with Bradley began in 1998 when he was appointed to the civil engineering and construction department’s advisory council. Risinger went on to chair the executive advisory council of the College of Engineering and Technology. As a state legislator, he was instrumental in securing funds for the current renovation and expansion of Westlake Hall. Most of Risinger’s career was devoted to the Illinois Department of Transportation; he retired from IDOT as chief district engineer in 1999. He speaks regularly to bipartisan leadership classes at Bradley and has worked on the Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation (ICAT).

Brinker named Outstanding Young Graduate

ERIC BRINKER ’98 was named the 2011 Outstanding Young Graduate at Founder’s Day in October. The annual Bradley University Alumni Association award honors a graduate who has gained early and exceptional professional or civic achievement with continued involvement in the University. 

Eric is president of Metro Leasing Co. in Peoria which provides internships to Bradley students. He was an original member of the JetBlue Airways marketing team as director of brand management and customer experience. JetBlue was awarded top honors from J.D. Power and Associates for customer service during his tenure. He still serves as a consultant to senior management for the airline. 

Eric serves on the national board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, founded by his mother Nancy. He travels around the world speaking about breast cancer and the organization’s work.

Originally from Dallas, Eric lives in Peoria and New York City.

Public servant

JON NEIDY, MA ’01 received the Francis C. Mergen Award for Public Service on Founder’s Day in October. The annual award is presented by the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (CIBAC). Jon is involved in the Peoria Art Guild, Common Ground, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, the Heart of Illinois United Way, and several professional organizations. Jon is associate director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Bradley.

Founder’s Day in history

Dressed in black, Lydia Moss Bradley presided over the very first Founder’s Day. During Bradley’s first 60 years, other women also figured prominently on that special day in October.


Miss Jane Addams of Hull House in Chicago spoke on the topic of Democracy and Education.


A progress report on funding Constance Hall was given at Founder’s Day. Women’s organizations had already raised $58,000 in memory of English professor Jennie Constance. 


Early alumnae MARY DOUBET CASSELL, 1906 reflected on What I Remember and HELEN NIXON, 1911 recalled Bradley’s early days in Only Yesterday

Dr. Daphne Swartz, pictured in the 1943-44 Polyscope yearbook, received the first Charles M. Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence in 1957. She was a biology professor.


HELENA BURGESS PAGE, 1912, daughter of Bradley’s first president, spoke to students packing the bleachers as Bradley entered its 50th year with a colorful ceremony at the campus athletic field. A great torch burned above the Bradley seal. 


Biology professor Dr. Daphne Swartz was honored with the first Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching.