TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State University Board of Trustees and university President Dan Bradley have agreed on a three-year contract extension for the university’s 11th president.
“Having a steady, seasoned and trusted hand at the helm is critical to our success,” board President Randy Minas said Friday in announcing the extension. “We believe that retaining Dr. Bradley, more than any other single decision we could make in the near future, increases the likelihood of institutional success – success which will benefit all of us involved with Indiana State.”
Bradley came to Indiana State in 2008. His current contract, set to expire in 2016, will be extended through June 30, 2019, pending upcoming action by trustees via telephone conference call, Minas said.
Minas said the past few years have been challenging for higher education in Indiana as state financial support has declined while performance expectations increased. Indiana State had even more challenges, he said, as a result of changes in state higher education funding formulas.
“ISU has met these challenges head on,” he said. “Dr. Bradley has been a remarkably effective leader.”
Minas said terms of the contract extension call for Bradley’s performance to “be reviewed and acted upon in a fashion parallel and consistent with the manner in which we review faculty and other administrators’ performance and compensation. We are pleased beyond expression in our ability to persuade Dr. Bradley to agree to a contract extension.”
Minas noted that board representatives had met with faculty, staff, student and ISU Foundation representatives as part of the process to extend the president’s contract.
“I am excited to have my contract extended and appreciate the confidence expressed in me by both the Board of Trustees and the various constituent groups they consulted,” Bradley said. “Cheri and I love being part of the Indiana State family and the Terre Haute community.
Trustees also approved the merger of the department of elementary, early, and special education with the department of curriculum, instruction, and media technology in the Bayh College of Education.
“These departments have the responsibility of providing professional education coursework for elementary, early childhood, middle school, secondary and special education candidates,” said Richard “Biff” Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This merger will result in a single, more comprehensive department focused on advancing knowledge and the practice of teaching, learning, and instructional technology in the Pre-K through 12 schools while providing education to a variety of other professionals in business, industry, health, military and higher education.”
In other action, Indiana State’s governing board:
• Approved University Handbook language revisions concerning the Student Success Council to reflect new initiatives and personnel title and role changes and expand faculty participation
• Approved increasing the $10 replacement diploma fee to $25 with a new $5 notary fee per transcript or diploma
• Approved a new $300 per semester international sponsored student fee to help maintain and enhance support for such students
• Approved a variety of new laboratory, course specific and program specific fees
• Adopted a resolution recognizing former trustee George Pillow of Indianapolis for his six years of service. Pillow stepped down from the board in September after being named to the State Horse Racing Commission.