William Bradley Colwell became interim chancellor of SIU Carbondale Oct. 1, 2015. He also serves as a professor in the university’s Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education.
Dr. Colwell returned to SIU after serving since 2010 as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Prior to his appointment at Bowling Green, he served at SIU as associate dean for academic and student affairs for the College of Education and Human Services from 2008 to 2010. He was chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education from 2004 to 2008 and served as the department’s director of graduate studies from 2001 to 2004. He came to SIU in 1996 as an assistant professor and was appointed associate professor in 2001 and professor in 2005.
Before joining the SIU faculty, Dr. Colwell was an attorney with Miller, Tracy, Braun & Wilson Ltd. In Monticello, Ill., representing more than 125 Illinois school districts in legal matters and labor negotiations. He also served as a graduate assistant in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Colwell, a native of Bluford, Ill., is former president of the Education Law Association and currently serves on the board of examiners of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. His academic focus is on legal, policy and school management issues, including educational labor relations, education law, school finance and the politics of education
Dr. Colwell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Anderson University in Indiana and a master’s degree in educational administration, a juris doctor (law) degree and a doctoral degree in educational administration, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.