Bradford, who joined the university in July 2011 will share his experiences and provide vital information to the current projects and future development underway at the university. As part of his duties Bradford ensures PVAMU’s fiscal responsibility through cultivating revenue sources through new, innovative ways with an interest in research. Since his appointment, Dr. Bradford is credited with constructing a very impressive portfolio that has reached various facets of the university. Some of his accomplishments include:
• Increasing the financial health of PVAMU; established fiscally sound practices that have resulted in increasing cash reserve balances totaling over $170 million (record high)• Led initiatives to bring about greater economic development activities and job creations such as the construction of the Panther Plaza Retail Center, increased minority contractors/firms doing business with the University; and worked closely with the Waller County Economic Development Council and Texas HWY 36A project to spur on local development; PVAMU’s total annual economic impact on the state of Texas was estimated around $700 million per year • Helped to secure $30 million in additional research funding from TAMUS Chancellor Research Initiative and Research Development Fund • Supported new campus initiatives from internal reallocations of annual cost savings; examples include: Leadership PVAMU, COMPASS retention program, Chinese Confucius Institute, additional summer bridge programs, increased scholarships, increased minimum wage, and student withdrawal insurance, etc. • Oversaw a successful HUB vendor program, which ranked in the top 10 in Texas among all state agencies in doing business with minority vendors • Provided executive leadership in updating the new University Strategic Plan for 2016-2021.
The St. Louis native has an established career in higher education. Prior to PVAMU he served as assistant vice president for financial and administrative affairs and ethics officer at the Southern Illinois University System. Prior to that post, Bradford was the assistant to the vice president for planning and budget and budget analyst for the SIU System. During his time with the SIU System, he played a role in securing $3 billion in state appropriations.
Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Studies and a master’s in Applied Math and Statistics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received an educational certificate from the Harvard Institute for Management Development and earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Bradford is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the American Mathematical Society, the SIU Alumni Association and the SIUE Alumni Association.
St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.
Members of the community are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.