Randolph College announced Thursday morning that Bradley W. Bateman has been named as the school’s 10th president.
The announcement ends a nine-month search that included more than 90 candidates. Randolph College’s Board of Trustees selected Bateman during its meeting last weekend.
Bateman will replace current president John Klein, who is retiring on June 30. Klein is credited with leading Randolph College through its transition from an all-women’s school to a coeducational institution.
Bateman has served as the provost of Denison University in Ohio since 2007. He has worked in education for 25 years.
Here is the news release about Bateman's hiring from Randolph College:
The Randolph College Board of Trustees has named Bradley W. Bateman as the institution’s 10th president. The announcement was made in Randolph’s newly renovated Student Center during a special ceremony for faculty, staff, trustees, alumnae and alumni, and students on February 14, 2013.
“I feel both exhilarated and humbled to be asked to do this job,” said Bateman, who is 56 years old. “Randolph College is a wonderful institution with an incredible community that was built on the strong foundation of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. It is an excellent institution about to come into its own, and I am proud to be a part of this exciting time.”
Last spring, John E. Klein, Randolph’s ninth president, announced his pending retirement effective June 30, 2013. The Board of Trustees began the presidential search in the summer, and established a search committee comprised of a mix of students, staff, faculty, and trustees. These individuals worked to review applications from a wide and diverse field of more than 90 strong candidates and nominees. Randolph worked with the nationally recognized executive search firm of Witt/Kieffer.
“Randolph has undergone a dramatic transformation since our decision to admit men seven years ago,” said Becky Morrison Dunn ’70, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are proud of how far we have come as an institution, and we are indebted to our current president, John E. Klein, for leading Randolph successfully through this transition. Just as John was the right president for our time of transition, Brad is the perfect fit to lead us into the future. ”
Bateman, Dunn added, brings a strong passion for the liberal arts, stellar academic credentials and experience, and an extensive economics background. “The Board recognized that Brad is a gifted teacher, brilliant scholar, and natural leader,” she said.
Dale T. Knobel, president of Denison, said Bateman is a passionate and articulate advocate for liberal education and will bring Randolph College his clear vision about the relevance and value of residential liberal arts colleges today.
“Brad has a deep understanding of how differences in experience and perspective among students and professors are vital to fostering an effective liberal arts institution,” Knobel said. “I am especially appreciative of his efforts that have helped Denison build a more broadly representative student body and faculty."
Bateman has served as provost for Denison University since 2007. In that role, he functioned as Denison’s executive vice president with direct leadership responsibilities related to curriculum and faculty. He also had oversight of libraries, computing services, intercollegiate athletics, off-campus study, the office of the registrar, and the Denison Museum.
“The great passion of my life is liberal arts education,” Bateman said. “It was transformative for me personally, and I chose to become a liberal educator because I wanted to help offer that same transformation to other people. It is a passion that I bring to Randolph. Randolph’s rich history and the chance to continue working on the evolution of the College are things that are appealing to me.”
Before assuming his current position at Denison, Bateman served as associate dean at Grinnell College in Iowa. During his tenure at Grinnell, he chaired the economics department and was the Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics, while also fulfilling the role of acting director of the Center for Prairie Studies and of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.
Jim Swartz, Grinnell College’s Dack Professor of Chemistry and interim associate vice president for analytic support and institutional research, worked closely with Bateman at Grinnell. Swartz served as dean of the College while Bateman was associate dean. “He is one of the most scholarly and effective spokespersons for liberal education that I have known,” Swartz said. “He exhibited excellent leadership skills at Grinnell and both students and faculty had high respect for him. I believe that he will be an outstanding president at Randolph College.”
A 1979 graduate of Alma College in Michigan, Bateman earned his master's and doctoral degrees in economics at the University of Kentucky. He began his teaching career at Simmons College. His fields of interest are the history of economic thought, monetary/macroeconomics, and natural resource economics.
Bateman has an international reputation as a student of the economic thought of John Maynard Keynes and is author of Keynes's Uncertain Revolution and co-editor of two additional books, Cambridge Companion to Keynes (with Roger E. Backhouse) and Keynes and Philosophy: Essays on the Origin of Keynes's Thought (with J.B. Davis). His essays have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Atlantic Economic Journal, and the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.
Bateman plans to begin his tenure by meeting as many Randolph constituents as possible. “I want to find out who they are, what they hope for, and why they are so dedicated to Randolph,” he said. “I’m a leader who likes to roll his sleeves up and be actively involved in the day-to-day life of the College. I am looking forward to working with the people of Randolph to move the College forward and to build on the solid foundation that has been created over the past few years.”