President-elect Gary R. Roberts ’70

The Bradley family welcomed home Gary R. Roberts ’70 with a standing ovation Oct. 16 in Dingeldine Music Center. The dean emeritus and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law will officially become the University’s 11th president Jan. 1.

A heartfelt response from Roberts included recalling his Bradley mentors, several of whom were in the audience. “I have always loved Bradley, and I owe the University a great debt of gratitude,” he said. “Whatever I do, I will do in good faith, and I want all of your help.”

The first alumnus named to the presidency since Dr. Martin “Jerry” Abegg ’47 HON ’93 in 1971, Roberts described how his Bradley Experience propelled him into graduating at the top of his class from Stanford Law School in 1975, a lifelong dream he fulfilled after two years of teaching and coaching the debate team at Limestone Community High School, near Bradley’s campus.

“My arrival at Bradley was pure fortuity, and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to my professional life.”

Gary R. Roberts ’70

An economics major who minored in speech, Roberts was the president of his sophomore class, student body treasurer during his junior year, and a member of the student supreme court his senior year. As one of the members of Bradley’s five-time undefeated 1969 College Bowl Team, he helped boost the University’s image on the nationally televised G.E. College Bowl program.

Roberts believes everyone in the Bradley family is important, emphasizing that alumni are critical to the success of the University.

“Everything we do depends on our external audience, and outreach is essential,” the Minnesota native said. “We have so many graduates to be proud of in all four corners of the world. We need to bring even more alumni into the life of the school for their wisdom and experience so they can pass on their knowledge to our students. My arrival at Bradley was pure fortuity, and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to my professional life.”