Featured Alumni

Linda Bayless

Linda BaylessDegree/Year: BSCJ 1999
Current Employer: Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Institution, Pekin, IL
Title: Education Specialist

My Bradley Experience was the most significant part of my life, next to raising two daughters. Life as a single mother and student, coupled with a regular 30-hour work schedule, kept me very busy. However, I was still able to hold the position of vice president of the Sociology Club and I was very involved in my education at Bradley.

My Bradley Experience has enriched my family in many ways. In addition to helping me advance in my career, University exposed my daughters and me to a variety of new and exciting cultural activities. We attended plays, basketball games, and other campus events. I made a lot of friends and we have many great memories from the years I attended Bradley. I take part in alumni events whenever possible and my family holds season tickets to Bradley men’s basketball games.

My mother, who raised my brother and me as a single parent, is very proud to say both of her children are accomplished Bradley graduates. I now have a nephew attending Bradley, so the tradition continues. I hope others will be inspired by our Bradley stories.

James Shadid

James ShadidDegree/Year: 1979
Current Employer: State of Illinois
Title: Federal Judge

When considering which college to choose, I wanted to be at a quality school, play baseball and be close to home. Bradley fit the bill perfectly. When the baseball coach (Chuck Buescher) offered me the opportunity to play baseball at Bradley, my decision was made.

Both on the baseball diamond and in the classroom, the interaction between students, professors and administrators created an environment that helped me grow as a young man.

As the university enters a new era with its “Renaissance,” I’m delighted that Bradley continues to be so prominent in the Peoria area and continues to update its facilities, campus and educational environment.

Lisa M. Snow

Lisa M. SnowDegree/Year: BSCJ 1989
Current Employer: City of Peoria Police Dept.
Title: Captain of Uniformed Operations

Bradley University possesses an excellent reputation throughout the United States for providing an outstanding education.  Inside, the university provides an atmosphere of opportunity and openness where a student in the criminal justice department will be supported and challenged.  When seeking employment or applying for advanced educational opportunities upon graduation, a degree from Bradley holds remarkable weight.

The university has an expectation that the students who graduate from its criminal justice program will become leaders and trendsetters in the field.  The curriculum was, and still is, focused on many of the advanced skills needed to become an administrator.  The expectation that graduates will advance to a high level in their field is a general assumption in the program. Students leave the program and enter the field with goals of becoming a command officer or even the top executive at their chosen department.