Glasser announces plans to retire in May

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Bradley University President Joanne Glasser will retire May 31 after eight years at the helm, the university announced Thursday.

Glasser, who came to Peoria from Eastern Kentucky University in August 2007, became the first female president of the university and only the 10th president in Bradley’s history.

“It has been an honor, privilege, and joy to have had the opportunity to serve as the 10th president of Bradley University,” Glasser said in statement sent to the campus community on Thursday, Jan. 22. 

“This difficult decision comes with many mixed feelings predicated upon my love of the institution, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Peoria community which has been my home for the last eight years. But, I believe it is time for a leadership change to allow fresh eyes and new ideas to continue the excellent momentum of our institution,” she said. 
“President Glasser has been a remarkable leader of our university who brought energy and new vitality to our campus. Bradley excelled academically under Dr. Glasser’s leadership,” said Doug Stewart, chairman of Bradley’s board of trustees. “In addition, Bradley’s growing reputation as a University of national distinction is due to her deep dedication to the institution and especially to students. She will leave a lasting legacy. We will miss her passion and wish her the very best in her new endeavors.”   

While president Glasser oversaw the development of new academic programs, rising national rankings, $128 million in construction projects in the largest capital campaign in the university’s history, and was known for her tireless efforts as a champion of student engagement and success. That despite battling breast cancer.  

A native of Baltimore, Glasser served as president of Eastern Kentucky University from 2001 – 2007 before replacing David Broski as Bradley president.

The university did not comment as yet about searching for her replacement.


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