Biography

Bradley Colwell SIU SystemDr. Colwell joined the SIU System office in July 2017. Prior to his appointment as Vice President, he served as Interim Chancellor for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he focused on institutional sustainability, improved student well-being, and enhanced community engagement.

He returned to SIU Carbondale in 2015 after serving as Dean of Bowling Green State University’s College of Education and Human Development. He also held positions as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Education and Human Services and Chairman and Director of Graduate Students for the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education, all at SIU Carbondale.

As a professor, Dr. Colwell has taught courses related to legal, policy and school management issues; published more than 50 papers and nearly 60 articles/book chapters; and delivered presentations at numerous professional conferences. He also served as the national president for the Education Law Association (ELA) as well as the co-editor of the national publication, School Law Reporter, the primary journal for ELA. Dr. Colwell earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Anderson University, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration, a juris doctorate, and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Colwell and his wife, Mary, enjoy being in the Southern Illinois area and are committed to serving the needs of the campuses.