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Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter will present Dan Bradley with the Chancellor’s Medallion at the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.

The Chancellor’s Medallion is given at the sole discretion of the chancellor to recognize an alumnus who has excelled in both educational and professional careers. The award recipients will have earned at least one degree from Montana Tech and will have made significant academic-related contributions including professional publications, holding faculty positions, advising graduate students and participating in academic research.

“I am honored to present Dr. Dan Bradley with the Chancellor’s Medallion,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter in a press release. “Dr. Bradley has made significant academic and personal contributions everywhere he and Cheri (Bradley’s wife) have been.”

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Bradley holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Michigan State.

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During his graduate studies, Bradley spent two years conducting research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After graduate school, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the faculty at Montana Tech in 1979.

Over the next two decades, Bradley held various administrative positions at Tech, including serving as director of the international programs, head of the petroleum engineering department, dean of engineering and vice chancellor of academic affairs and research.

In February 2001, Bradley left Tech to become the president of Fairmont State University, where he served until he was named president of Indiana State University in 2008. Bradley’s tenure at ISU was marked by record growth. In April 2017, Bradley announced he would be stepping down as president of Indiana State. Although his contract was not due to expire until June 2019, he said the planned retirement was due to a desire to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests. 

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