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May 4, 2006
DeKalb, Ill. — Following a national search, Bradley Bond of the University of Southern Mississippi has been named associate dean of the NIU Graduate School, effective July 1.
Bond, 42, will step into a job that has been filled on an interim basis for the past two years by Suzanne Willis, who is returning to her teaching position in the Department of Physics.
A professor of history, Bond has served in a number of administrative posts at Southern Miss, including assistant provost. In that position, his responsibilities included leading the university's Office of Graduate Studies and overseeing its Office of Institutional Research.
“Bradley Bond is familiar with the day-to-day business of a graduate school. He has tremendous academic credentials, has worked with faculty to initiate new degree programs and is experienced in the area of program assessment,” said Rathindra Bose, vice president for research and dean of the NIU Graduate School.
“Additionally, his colleagues speak highly of his collegiality, his scholarship and his work as an administrator,” Bose added. “We think Dr. Bond will be an excellent addition to the Graduate School.”
Bond holds a Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University. His research specialties include the history of the American South, race relations and education.
Over the last decade at Southern Miss, Bond served as special assistant to the provost in charge of implementing a new general education curriculum, director of graduate studies for the history department and director of the Learning Enhancement Center, a training facility for the use of technology in the classroom.
He also has been the principal investigator on several large faculty development grants, and he helped lead development of an African studies concentration within the international studies major.
“His experience working with a diverse graduate student population is another positive,” Bose said, adding that minority enrollment in the NIU Graduate School has climbed to 18 percent of its 6,500 students. “I also think his background in the humanities is important, because it will help us broaden the Graduate School perspective.”
Among his other accomplishments at Southern Miss, Bond initiated reforms in enrollment policy, led efforts to draft a new strategic plan, worked with faculty on the creation of master's-level online programs, helped departments streamline the process of moving students from master's programs to Ph.D. programs and served as the central administration's liaison with community and junior colleges.
“I see my role in the NIU Graduate School as being a facilitator,” Bond said. “Faculty members in the departments will know their capabilities and needs better than someone from the outside. I'm willing to help make quality improvements in any way I can.
“I've always held Northern Illinois University in high regard,” he added. “I'm looking forward to working with the Graduate Council and various coordinators, deans and chairs. The nice thing about a job in the Graduate School is you have the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of scholars.”
Bond and his family will be moving to the DeKalb area early this summer. He and his wife Deborah have two children: Zoe, 9, and Gareth, 7.