With two weeks until Indiana State University transitions to its 12th president, current President Dan Bradley says his successor is poised to "hit the ground running." Deborah Curtis, confirmed last month by the board of trustees, will return to her alma mater during a period of growth and significant changes to the appearance and footprint of the Terre Haute institution. Bradley says some $300 million has been invested into facilities and housing over the last nine years, changing the "look and feel" of the campus.
Bradley adds a significant portion of the focus has gone toward bridging the connection between ISU and downtown Terre Haute. "Indiana State couldn’t be successful unless Terre Haute was successful," a strategy he said was identified early and carried on throughout his nearly 10 years on the job. "I and others of my staff have really made an effort to move the city forward. We now have three buildings in what was exclusively the downtown that are now Indiana State facilities. There has been a lot of development in downtown, so downtown has really seen a big improvement over this time," he said during an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
Bradley took the helm at ISU in 2008. He has overseen increases in enrollment, graduation rates and degree programs. Fall enrollment figures came in around 13,000, compared to just over 10,000 when he arrived.
Curtis, who Bradley describes as "high-energy" will begin in January.