Interim President’s Farewell

This year, we mark the 75th anniversary of the current Bradley Hilltopics. What an accomplishment! Through the years, the University’s magazine has served to keep alumni around the world connected to one another and to the institution that helped them lead productive and successful lives.

Not only has its editorial spotlight shone on outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni — whose accomplishments have helped Bradley become the prestigious place of higher learning it is today — the stories of their journeys have served as an inspiration.

As we celebrate this milestone, I thank everyone who has dedicated their time and talents to Bradley Hilltopics, especially Karen Crowley Metzinger M.A. ’97, who led the magazine for the past 12 years. We wish her well as she begins a new chapter of her life, and we welcome Sandra Guthrie as the new executive editor.

In October, I was fortunate to take part in ceremonies marking service to Bradley. We recognized 17 retired faculty and staff members with emeriti status, and presented service award pins to faculty and staff celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of dedication. Both of these events are proof of the extraordinary commitment of our people, one that enables us to provide an exceptional learning environment for our students. I have said it before: it is the people who make our University great.

Today, our audience is more diverse, and advancements in technology transform how we learn. We must reach new markets in new ways. Our new social engagement platform, insideBradley, is a dynamic and interactive web product that engages prospective students and allows us to reach them in the style and language they prefer. Already proven effective, it has generated more than 2,050 participants in the first month. Initiatives like this will help propel the University forward, but everyone must continue to do their part.

Bradley will welcome a new leader Jan. 1 with the selection of Gary R. Roberts ’70 by the Board of Trustees to become the University’s 11th president. He has a deep passion and excitement about joining the Bradley family that the campus and the community will feel immediately.

I will remain a member of the faculty by continuing to teach part time in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have enjoyed serving as interim president, and am proud to give back to the institution that gave me so much. I am pleased with all that Bradley has accomplished in this short interim period and look forward to all that is to come.

 

Best wishes,