Presidential Search

After four years of dedicated service to the university, President Gary R. Roberts '70 has announced he will retire from the presidency next May. We are forever grateful for his steady and encouraging leadership, and the many contributions he and his wife, Donna Carr Roberts, made to the university and greater Peoria community. We hope and trust they will remain involved with Bradley for many years.

We now look forward to recruiting President Roberts' successor — someone able to build on the progress and growth of the past four years, leading the university to continued successes going forward. We are launching a national search for a new president, and in our quest to find superb candidates for this singular role, we welcome your suggestions and nominations.

The Board of Trustees has appointed Bill Funk, president of R. William Funk & Associates, to work with the search committee and the board to assist in the selection of our new president.

Bradley University will always be grateful for your support and help. If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact either of us directly. To make a nomination, please email correspondence to the search firm at

As Bradley University evolves to meet a changing — and challenging — educational landscape, the Board of Trustees is honored to guide the search for a new leader. We will share updates with you here as our search progresses.

The Honorable James E. Shadid '79, Vice Chair,
and Kathi Holst '79, Secretary

Presidential Search Committee Co-Chairs


Candidates should submit a current resume and letter of interest by October 15, 2019 to receive optimal consideration. Submissions should be sent to:

Bradley University Presidential Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

The position will remain open until filled.

November 11, 2019
A message from the Board of Trustees

As an institution with an outstanding reputation, we are proud to report that we have attracted many impressive candidates from across the nation and, indeed, from around the world. We are still in the preliminary stages of screening these candidates and have not yet extended an invitation to any candidate to interview for the position. We are committed to conducting a free and fair search which observes the University's principles of shared governance and respects norms of professional courtesy and confidentiality.