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International Housing Organization Honors Bradley’s Service, Leadership

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 9, 2015) –An international organization that has more than 1,000 member campuses, and is dedicated to educational and enriching residential experiences in higher education worldwide, has honored University of Central Missouri professional staff member, Patrick Bradley, with its most prestigious award.

Patrick Bradley
Patrick Bradley

Bradley, UCM’s senior director of University Housing and Dining Services and director of Student Auxiliary Services, received the Parthenon Award from the American College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Foundation.  The award was presented to Bradley and five other members of the organization during the ACUHO-I 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition June 27 in Orlando, Fla.

The Parthenon Award recognizes outstanding collegiate housing professionals for their service, leadership, achievement, and contributions to the housing field. Criteria include a minimum of at least 10 years of service in housing, residence life, or an affiliated field; five years of service at the regional or international level with ACUHO-I; and demonstrated impact on the campus housing profession.

Each honoree is supported by a champion for their nomination. The champion submits nomination letters and raises at least $2,500 in honor of the recipient. All such funds support the ACUHO-I Foundation’s education and research efforts in collegiate housing.

Bradley was championed by Alan Nordyke, director of Residence and Greek Life at UCM, and J.B. Biernbaum, a former student leader who worked with Bradley and currently serves as associate vice president for Student Services at Western Illinois University. The award was kept as a surprise to recipients, who were recognized during the conference’s opening session. Members of Bradleys’ family joined him for the award ceremony.

“I was truly shocked, surprised, humbled, and honored receiving this award from my professional colleagues,” Bradley said. “Finding out that my immediate family, future daughter-in-law, and future son-in-law were there was an especially surprising and emotional experience for me.”

In championing Bradley, Nordyke noted in his nomination letter, “Patrick embodies and represents what is the very best of our profession – excellence, innovation, community, passion, and above all else, an abiding commitment to serving our students.”

Biernbaum was a freshman in college when he first met Bradley, and has remained in touch with him for 25 years. He praised the UCM leader and the personal attention and support he offers students and colleagues.

“On a personal note, I wouldn’t be here today without Patrick Bradley, and I know many other students from that era would say the same thing. Patrick wasn’t afraid to take a chance on a less than perfect or unconventional student and coach them up. He honors the history and best traditions of housing and our associations,” Biernbaum wrote in championing Bradley for the award.

In his current role, Bradley provides leadership and direction for UCM Dining by Sodexo, University Store, Student Union/Meeting and Conference Services and University Housing auxiliary departments. He also provides leadership for the University Housing system, which accommodates 3,500 students within 15 residence halls, four apartment complexes, and four university owned houses, while managing a budget in excess of $26 million. He is responsible for departmental planning, staff, facilities, fiscal services, Greek housing for 11 fraternities and 10 sororities, operations programming, and room agreements. He also has served as a housing representative on numerous university committees, and has taught courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Development.

Under Bradley’s leadership in the housing area, UCM this fall will open its first retail-housing facility, The Crossing – South at Holden, a new 325-bed unit, which will be the first major housing construction project on campus since the 1960s. Bradley also has played instrumental roles in numerous residence hall upgrades or renovation projects during his tenure on campus, including modernizing dining facilities and providing new dining options to meet student demand.

Bradley has served ACUHO-I in a variety of leadership capacities, including president- elect, president, and past president; treasurer; chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee; member of STARS College Faculty; chair of the Membership Task Force; chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee; member of the Legislative Issues Committee; chair of the Strategic Planning Committee; member of the Annual Conference Program Committee; representative of the Central District; and more.

He has received numerous awards representing his exceptional service to professional organizations within the university housing field, and was nominated in 2015 for the J.P. Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff at UCM.  Bradley also has made numerous presentations at professional conferences and meetings, including sessions dealing with topics such as management, employment skills, strategic planning, and organizational structure for housing and residence life programs.