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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, Chair,
and Kathi Holst '79, Vice Chair

Presidential Search Committee Co-Chairs

February 12, 2020
An Update from the Search Committee Co-Chairs

The Presidential Search Committee continues its task of finding the next leader of Bradley University. We realize this is a lengthy process and want you to rest assured we are moving forward.

Last week, the Presidential Search Committee conducted a second round of interviews with selected candidates. From there, the committee made a recommendation to the Board of Trustees and the board has met with the candidate. We will continue to update you as the process continues.

The committee and board of trustees recognize the importance of this process and are committed to doing our due diligence in order to find the right leader for our institution. Please know we are moving at a deliberate speed with the hope of naming Bradley’s next president soon.