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Spring 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 2
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President to retire  •  Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service

Dr. David C. BroskiBroski to retire

Dr. David C. Broski, Bradley University’s ninth president, has announced his intention to retire effective June 30, 2007, after seven years of service to the University and the Peoria community.

“My philosophy was to take the job and get some things done,” said Broski. “I’m proud of all the collaborations we’ve entered into and the strong ties we’ve created in the community. I’m leaving at a good time. Bradley is a nice target for someone to come in and build an even better university.”

A national search for his replacement has begun and is being led by Gerald Shaheen ’66 MBA ’68, Caterpillar Group President and Chairman of the Bradley University Board of Trustees.

“During his tenure, David Broski created a new vision for Bradley,” said Shaheen. “His emphasis on collaboration between the academic community and the Peoria community has enabled Bradley to grow in stature and gain national recognition in many areas. I’d like to attract another action-oriented visionary like David.”

While president, Broski oversaw the renovation of three academic buildings: Olin, Constance, and Bradley halls. He guided the development of a campus master plan that addresses Bradley’s facility needs for the next 15 years and includes plans to break ground this spring for the $30 million Markin Family Student Recreation Center.

Academically, the quality of students as measured by average ACT scores has improved, and the University has seen a significant increase in the number of minority students. Programs including the Executive MBA and Doctor of Physical Therapy were initiated, and financially, the University’s endowment is at its highest point in history. During Broski’s tenure, Bradley athletics have enjoyed a return to prominence with the men’s basketball team making the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in 51 years, and both the women’s golf team and the soccer team receiving an NCAA tournament bid in 2006.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, but communities are going to look more to colleges to help them solve problems,” said Broski. “We have the direction set. The future of Bradley University is inextricably entwined with the future of Peoria; they go hand in hand.”

 

President to retire  •  Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service