Huberman Retires

“My great fortune in being at Bradley is that I had the opportunity to work with the most extraordinary group of people who embodied those qualities of imagination, creativity and communication.”

After an incredible 38-year journey at Bradley University, Dr. Jeffery Huberman, the much-loved Dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, bid farewell at the close of the 2023 fall semester.

“Dr. Huberman not only gave me career guidance, he inspired me to expand my academic mind,” said Pip Lilly ’91, an actor and former student of Huberman’s. “He encouraged me to soak up knowledge and experience as a sponge would water.”

In his remarkable half-century career in higher education, Huberman has donned various hats—teacher, administrator, stage director, producer and author. Beginning his Bradley adventure in 1985 as a professor of Theatre Arts, he ascended through the ranks, contributing significantly as associate dean and interim dean. Last year marked his 29th as dean, a role where he’s directed more than 100 theatrical productions and authored three books and four plays.

“Knowing I had someone like Jeff to support me while embarking on my college career made the transition easy,” said former student John Scacchetti ’02, a dancer.

“He supported me throughout my time at BU.”

Under Huberman’s guidance, 17 new academic programs were created, including marquee majors like sports communication and game design. His innovative touch introduced experiential learning through programs like the Bradley Hollywood Semester, the College Global Scholars Program, and various expedition courses across the globe.

As Huberman embraces retirement, he plans to delve into writing and reading, and travel extensively with his wife, Raquel, to savor the joys of family life.

Provost Zakahi expressed gratitude for dean Huberman’s continued advice and consultation through the spring semester of 2024. Meanwhile, after careful consideration, Dr. Ethan Ham has been selected as the interim dean, guiding the college into the next chapter.

by Jenevieve Rowley-Davis

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