PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Bradley University President Gary Roberts is stepping down at the end of next school year.
Roberts told the Bradley University Board of Trustees he will step down at the end of May 2020.
“As most of you know, I was planning to retire before I accepted this wonderful position to lead my alma mater. All along it was assumed that I would have a limited tenure,” said Roberts. “Next year, I will be 72 years old, and Donna and I want to have some healthy years to enjoy life and check several items off our bucket list. Also, I believe that many of the changes that need to occur at Bradley will take several years to implement fully, and having a president who can provide continuity of leadership throughout that transitional period will be a big plus for the University.”
Roberts became the eleventh president of Bradley University in 2016, replacing Joanne Glasser. He graduated from Bradley in 1970.
Roberts spent 24 years at the Tulane University School of Law. He founded the first sports law program in the country while at Tulane. He served as a frequent commentator on sports law matters, and was the legal analyst for the NFL Network.
A presidential search committee will be chaired by U.S. District Court Judge James Shadid and Kathi Holst. The university will hire a search consultant and begin to look for candidates to replace Roberts this summer.