Featured Alumni

Kristin Smith Ladewig

Kristin Smith Ladewig Degree/Year: B.S., BCS, 1993
Current Employer: Edward Jones
Title: Senior Project Leader

My Bradley University education has helped me start and advance my career at Edward Jones. Being a successful IT leader requires a balance of business and technical skills, and my Business Computer Systems (now Management Information Systems) major prepared me exceptionally well.

The first-class education and professional preparation you obtain; the relationships you form with friends, faculty, and staff that endure long after you graduate; and the involvement in campus organizations/activities which creates the sense of belonging that returns every time you step back on campus: it’s all part of the Bradley Experience.

It’s a small world – you never know when the next job offer, referral, or sale might come from a fellow Bradley alum. No matter where you go or what you do, once a Brave, always a Brave!

Rick Hicks

Rick Hicks Degree/Year: B.S., BCS, 1991
Current Employer: Follett Higher Education Group
Title: Title: Project Manager

At Bradley University, I acquired a variety of skills that allowed me to transition confidently into the work place. Through the Foster College of Business and my major program, Business Computer Systems (now Management Information Systems), I was fully prepared to manage business projects. Bradley’s senior project requirement taught me the basic steps that I use every day. These steps have led me to create one of my most successful projects: making Follett Higher Education Group the nation’s largest operator of college bookstores.

The close knit-community that embodies The Hilltop helped me build relationships, take on leadership roles, and learn how to balance my work life with my home life. My Bradley Experience taught me how to succeed and grow both as a person and as a business professional.

Even as I accumulate more years of experience out in the work force, I look back to my Bradley University education and realize that professional skills I learned as an undergraduate student have provided a solid foundation for me to build upon.