Peter Bradley has been named director of the Honors program at Ferris State University, effective Monday, 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 the college’s honors program.
Bradley replaces Professor Emeritus Maude Bigford, who founded Ferris’ Honors Program in 1997 and retired in May. Kent Sun, a mathematics professor, has 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 in 2004.
“I would like to thank the search committee of Julie Coon, Gregory Wellman, David Steenstra, Kent Sun, John Cullen, Jim Powell, Mike Ropele, Tammy Babcock and Megan Kuk for their contributions to a successful search,” Potter said. “I also extend the committee’s gratitude to the faculty, staff and honors students who participated in the various search functions for their assistance in bringing Dr. Bradley to our campus. Finally, I would like to offer special thanks to Kent Sun for his service as interim program coordinator during the summer and fall semesters.”
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.