President’s Farewell

As I reflect on these past eight years as president of Bradley University and prepare my last column for Bradley Hilltopics, it is hard to find the words to convey all I feel about this wonderful institution. I think of the special moments, milestone events and, most importantly, the extraordinary people I met along the way — the Bradley family.

Throughout, I have marveled at the thoughtful, passionate and courageous faculty, students and alumni who positively impact the University, their communities and beyond. These individuals do not seek personal recognition but quietly go about their lives making the world a little kinder, more peaceful and just. There are heroes among us.

From the faculty who inspire their students, to caring students who volunteer in the community, to alumni who excel in their careers, the Bradley family continues to make its distinctive mark. In this issue, you will read about iconic sports broadcaster Charley Steiner ’71 HON ’10 who became the namesake of our signature sports communication program, making Bradley the first school in the nation to name such a program.

Erica Bustinza ’04 uses her international business degree to improve economic conditions worldwide.

After earning a certificate in horology, Bob Eichhorn ’46 began his career as a watchmaker and jewelry maker almost 70 years ago. From 1897 to 1961, 11,000 horology alumni were enlightened by Lydia Moss Bradley’s vision of providing “students with the means of living an independent, industrious and useful life by the aid of a practical knowledge of the useful arts and sciences.”

From reservist to commander of the Logistics Readiness Squadron of the 182nd Airlift Wing at the Peoria Air National Guard base, Edith O’Bryan, MA ’00 has maintained “readiness posture” for 28 years. And Kevin Maynor ’76, from the Bradley Chorale to the operatic stage, has added beauty to the world through the gift of his voice.

To the Future

Through the special young men and women whom I have had the immense pleasure of getting to know these eight years, I see the promise of the future. In these challenging times, we are hopeful that our intelligent, compassionate and hardworking students will be among the courageous change-makers of the 21st century.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton wrote in a poem, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” So many members of the Bradley community are to be respected and admired for their good deeds and contributions to the greater good.

Together we have completed the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in Bradley’s history, brought in the strongest academic classes on record based on ACT scores, begun innovative academic programs, enhanced the Bradley Experience for our outstanding students and successfully completed other initiatives.

Above all, what I want to leave you with is that it has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve this great university as its 10th and first woman president. I am confident that each of you, with your own unique talents and passion for Bradley, will continue to build on the momentum to make this university even greater.

Dear friends and colleagues, wherever your path may take you in life, Go Far, Go Bradley.