Peter Bradley was named director of the Honors program at Ferris State
University, effective Jan. 7. The announcement was made by William
Potter, associate provost for Retention and Student Success.
Bradley comes to Ferris from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.,
where he was an associate professor of philosophy and director
of the first-year seminar program in the Department of Philosophy
and Religious Studies. He also served as acting director of McDaniel’s
honors program. He replaces Professor Emerita Maude Bigford, who
founded Ferris’ Honors program in 1997 and retired in May 2012.
Mathematics professor Kent Sun served as interim program coordinator.
Bradley earned a bachelor’s degree in 1996, from Antioch College in
Yellow Springs, Ohio, and a doctorate in 2002, from Temple University
in Philadelphia, both in philosophy. He was a post-doctorate fellow
at Washington University in St. Louis before joining McDaniel College
Ferris’ Honors program has grown steadily from an initial enrollment of
132 students in 1997 to 767 this year. The program provides academic
and leadership resources, and support for some of the university’s most
highly motivated students.
To learn more about the Honors program, including application
information for freshmen and transfer students, visit
Bradley Named Director
of Honors Program
When Ferris’ new Latino
Business and Economic
Development Center was
established last November,
Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson
announced it would be led by
“As Ferris State University
continues to connect with the
growing Latino population in our
West Michigan communities and
seeks support for initiatives to
spur economic development, Mr. Sanchez’s professional connections
to government officials, organizations focused on diversity, non-profit
organizations and the business community will make him a dynamic
and engaging leader for us,” Erickson said.
Sanchez was most recently the executive director of the West
Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids. In this
position, he contributed to development of the Latino community
while mentoring Latino entrepreneurs, business owners and students.
In addition, he developed strong partnerships with Hispanic and non-
Hispanic business organizations. He also successfully implemented
bilingual business counseling to entrepreneurs and business owners at
the chamber offices, in partnership with the Michigan Small Business
and Technology Development Center.
Sanchez held previous positions as diversity specialist for Spectrum
Health and diversity programs coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce. He holds professional or civic affiliations
with the Davenport University Alumni Board, Dyer-Yves Foundation,
Governor’s Advisory Group for the Office of Urban and Metropolitan
Initiatives, Grand Rapids Community Foundation Grant Advisory
Committee, Kent County Collective Impact Initiative for Children
and Families, Varnum Law Diversity Advisory Committee, and the
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.
In January, Sanchez was appointed to a three-year term on the state’s
Hispanic/Latino Commission by Gov. Rick Snyder. The 15-member
commission, housed within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights,
develops a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of the
state’s Hispanic and Latino residents.
Sanchez Named Director of Latino Business
and Economic Development Center
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