Extensive national search lands inspirational leader for Towson University’s pioneering inclusion efforts.
Towson University President Kim Schatzel on Wednesday announced that Patricia Bradley has accepted a key leadership role as Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity.
“Tricia was clearly the top candidate after an extensive national search that yielded a field of very qualified candidates,” President Schatzel said in a message to campus. “I know you all will join me in congratulating Tricia on her new role within the Towson University community and offering our support as she transitions into this important leadership position.”
Bradley began her appointment the day of the announcement, Dec. 8, 2021. She will report to the president, serve as the university’s chief diversity officer and as a member of the president's cabinet and an officer of the university.
Bradley will provide university-wide leadership on institutional priorities around diversity, equity and inclusion. Bradley will provide vision, strategic direction and leadership for a division that leads institutional accessibility, the Center for Student Diversity, Accessibility and Disability Services, diversity and inclusion initiatives, hate and bias prevention support and education, gender discrimination and Title IX.
Bradley has served as the Interim Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity since July 2021. She joined TU in 2018 as Assistant Vice President of Equity and Compliance, as the No. 2 in the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity.
Prior to joining TU, she served as Title IX Coordinator and was an adjunct faculty
member at Fayetteville (NC) State University and has worked as a practicing attorney
for various state and federal agencies. She is a decorated veteran, having served
as transportation corps and Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the U.S. Army.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina, a Master's of Laws from the US Army JAG School, and a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law.
"I am beyond excited and grateful to be selected as the next VP of OIIE," Bradley said. "There is no place better to be than Towson University. I am just one example of how access to education can open the door to opportunities. As a first-generation high school graduate, I am my ancestors' wildest dreams come true. I am honored to continue to serve Towson University as we, together, break down all barriers and work towards healing the wounds of exclusion."
The search committee conducted a very thorough search process led by chair Melanie Perreault, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The committee members were: