Stephen Standifird began his tenure as president of Bradley University in May 2020. Prior to joining Bradley, he had served as dean of Butler University’s Andre B. Lacy School of Business since 2014. Previously, Standifird served as the dean of the business school at the University of Evansville. Earlier positions include associate dean of graduate and professional programs and director of undergraduate programs, both at the University of San Diego.
Standifird earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University before graduating with an MBA from Northwestern University and a doctorate in organization studies from the University of Oregon. During his career in higher education, he served as a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, Poland, published more than two dozen times in nearly as many publications, and presented at numerous conferences. He currently serves on the Board of Distillery Labs, the Equity Working Group for Black Student Access and Success in Illinois Higher Education. Along with his wife Vivian, they are co-chairs of the Pillar Society 2021 United Way campaign.