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Mission, Vision and History

Our Mission

The Bradley University Alumni Association (BUAA) promotes and serves Bradley University by connecting alumni and students through activities which build pride and loyalty, and create mutually rewarding opportunities for lifelong engagement, service, and support.

Our Vision

The BUAA and the Alumni Relations organizations provide lifelong resources in support of alumni personal, professional, and civic aspirations. Proud and loyal alumni celebrate Bradley traditions and assist the University through volunteer and financial support. Alumni worldwide are engaged in helping the University reach its goals through service to students, support for each other and for the University.

History of the Bradley University Alumni Association

Bradley University’s National Alumni Association was founded in 1901, but it wasn’t until former professor, public relations director, and soon-to-be University President David B. Owen ’29, established an Alumni Office and named Allen Upton ’48as its first full-time secretary in 1950 that the organization really came to life.

With a vision of building and maintaining stronger relationships between the University and its graduates and nurturing pride among its alumni, the alumni association organized chapters in most major cities (the first was formed in Chicago on May 5, 1904), produced an alumni magazine, and established the most prestigious awards given by the institution. Through the years, the alumni association continued to serve the university through service to – and from – its graduates.

Today, the BUAA also sponsors programs designed to enhance the student experience – from admissions assistance to mentoring and from legacy programs to networking events, alumni nationwide are providing valuable services to students. To solidify this new emphasis, there is now student representation on the association’s board of directors, and an alumni staff member dedicated to maintaining effective student programs.

The association remains committed to its vision of building strong relationships with its alumni. Regional Alumni Networks continue to thrive, with leadership in more than 30 cities nationwide. Affinity groups like the Black Alumni Alliance, Forensics Alumni Network and Communication Alumni Network are finding creative new ways to serve today’s students, future alumni, and each other. The alumni online community has not only helped establish ties with more young alumni, but has also provided an easy way to reconnect with alumni living in foreign countries.

From a file of index cards containing the names, addresses, and class years of 9,000 Bradley alumni (kept safely within Dr. Clarence Schroeder’s closet in Bradley Hall until 1950), the alumni association has now grown to more than 60,000 strong. And until 2007, it seemed only fitting that the home of the alumni association was also the former home of the man that once breathed new life into the organization, David B. Owen.

Today, we occupy a permanent and magnificent tribute to the thousands of Bradley alumni who have walked this campus. Conceived and planned by alumni; built by alumni for alumni, the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center reflects the proud history and traditions of our alma mater, resembling the institution’s iconic first building, Bradley Hall.

BUAA Past Presidents

1902 - 1920

1902-03 *Anne C. Tracy ’01
1903-04 *Marguerite Crofoot
1904-05 *Mildred Anicker
1905-06 *Vonna Ritchie Brown
1906-08 *Frank Bennett
1908-09 *Montgomery G. Rice
1909-10 *H. Dale Morgan ’02
1910-11 *George MacClyment
1911-12 *Charles G. Mason
1912-13 *Harold W. Lynch ’09
1913-14 *Roy Page
1914-15 *Edward F. Stock
1915-16 *Frederick B. Bourland
1916-17 *Giles Keithley
1917-18 *Myra Vance
1918-19 *Mary Cassell
1919-20 *Dr. Sidney Easton
1920-21 *Laurens L. Simpson




1921 - 1940

1921-22 *George MacClyment
1922-23 *Roger Schenk
1923-24 *DeLoss Brown
1924-25 *Victor Dickson
1925-26 *Albert F. Siepert
1926-27 *Laurens L. Simpson
1927-28 *Dr. Sidney Easton
1928-29 *Lee O. Eagleton
1929-30 *Beryl B. Collins
1930-31 *Orville Barbour
1931-32 *Joseph Miller
1932-33 *Theodore C. Baer
1933-34 *Sherman H. Canty
1934-35 *Harry J. McClarence ’33
1935-36 *David B. Owen ’29
1936-37 *Dr. Milton R. Litterest ’32
1937-38 *Hazel Wolf ’29
1938-39 *Judge Robert D. Morgan ’34
1939-40 *Orville W. Nothdurft ’35
1940-41 *Kenneth W. Black ’34

* Deceased

1941 - 1960

1941-42 *Edwin D. Nurss
1942-43 *Frederick M. Bourland ’35
1943-44 *Warren J. Wemple
1944-45 *Charles W. Anderson ’39
1945-46 *Wilma Hailparn
1946-47 *Robert W. Leu ’40
1947-48 *Dr. John P. Minton ’10
1948-49 *Ray A. Neumann ’38
1949-50 *F. George Magenheimer
1950-51 *Joseph Hession ’40
1951-52 *Harold V. Phillips ’41
1952-53 *Robert O. Burt ’25
1953-54 *John H. Reed ’48
1954-55 *Marvin Hult ’47
1955-56 *Allen Upton ’48
1956-57 *A. Gray Adamson ’35
1957-58 *Joseph J. Gutos ’48
1958-59 *Raymond R. Bloom ’49
1959-60 *Rodman Thompson
1960-61 *Mary Jo Howells ’52

1961 - 1980

1961-62 *Russell Ziegle
1962-63 *Thomas H. Spencer ’39
1963-64 *Robert W. Park ’52
1964-65 *Dr. Leonard Costa ’54
1965-66 Claude U. Stone, Jr. ’49
1966-67 *Herman Hattenhaus ’48
1967-68 *Burt Powell
1968-69 *Elizabeth Winters Belcke ’39
1969-70 Willis R. Tribler ’55
1970-71 *Chalmer Arnett ’58
1971-72 *Warren G. Reynolds ’53
1972-73 *Harry Feltenstein ’43
1973-74 *Karl J. Wheatley ’46
1974-75 *Harold J. Lintz ’35
1975-76 Edwin B. Ehrgott ’58
1976-77 *Terry Hoag ’64
1977-78 Clarence A. Christe ’51
1978-79 Gerald Shaheen ’66
1979-80 *Bill Chinuge ’42
1980-81 Joan Gore Krupa ’67

1981 - 2000

1981-82 *Paul Haberkorn ’40
1982-83 Dick Steubinger ’48
1983-84 William “Corky” Robertson ’53
1984-85 *William Hardin ’53
1985-86 Richard Nitto ’66
1986-87 Rex K. Linder ’69
1987-88 Nancy Proehl ’64
1988-89 Joe R. Vespa ’73
1989-90 Ray LaHood ’71
1990-91 Paul H. Herzog ’74
1991-92 Roland D. Hodges ’56
1992-93 *Helen J. Young ’78
1993-94 Henry Holling ’65
1994-95 Ronald Harris ’56
1995-96 Craig Young ’82
1996-97 Gary Peplow ’62
1997-98 Clifford Hasselbacher ’49
1998-99 James Sullivan ’71
1999-00 Gene Morse ’59
2000-01 Calvin Butler ’91

2001 - Present

2001-02 Roger Kilpatrick ’71
2002-03 John Brown ’62
2003-04 Robert C. Hall ’70
2004-05 Michele Morgan Richey ’74 MBA ’77
2005-06 J. Andrew Heaton ’82
2006-07 *M. Paul Moore ’62
2007-08 Philip N. Bach ’91
2008-09 Ed True ’54
2009-10 Glenn Ross MBA ’87
2010-11 Michelle Noe Long '98
2011-12 Shelly Heiden '98
2012-13 Garrett Williams '92
2013-14 Brian Miller '79
2014-15 Amy Turk '97
2015-16 Michael Davis '75
2016-17 Ryan Brown '95