ST. LOUIS, MO – The Board of Regents of Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) has unanimously selected St. Louis native Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr. as HSSU’s 20th president, effective May 1.

In addition to earning various advanced degrees during this time away from St. Louis, Dr. Bradford has worked in higher education for more than 26 years. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Business Affairs at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). Prior to his current position, he served for 16 years within the Southern Illinois University System in various leadership positions, including the Assistant Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs and Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Budget. Bradford earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Southern Illinois University; a Harvard Institute for Management Development Education Certificate from Harvard University; and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“The Board is thrilled Dr. Bradford has decided to return to St. Louis to serve as the next president of Harris-Stowe and believes his vast experience, boundless enthusiasm and creative vision will continue to propel the University to new heights,” said Ronald Norwood, chair of the Harris-Stowe State Board of Regents. “We believe that these attributes, coupled with Dr. Bradford’s demonstrated leadership ability, financial acumen, and student-centered focus, will not only greatly benefit Harris-Stowe, but will also positively impact the entire St. Louis region.”

At PVAMU, Dr. Bradford developed an extensive track record of working with students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with local business and civic leaders, to advance the university’s mission. In 2016, he served as the executive sponsor for the development of a new university strategic plan for PVAMU. His leadership throughout its implementation established fiscally sound practices that increased cash reserves over $170 million. A record for the university, the increase allowed for reinvestment toward hiring faculty, faculty development, upgrading classroom spaces and technology, supporting faculty research, and establishing scholarship opportunities.

“I am honored and humbles to be appointed the 20th president of Harris-Stowe State University. I have great admiration of what Harris-Stowe has achieved for over 160 years, and I am extremely excited to be a part of the university’s bright future,” said Dr. Bradford, president of Harris-Stowe State University. “This is also a dynamic time for me to return to my hometown to advance Harris-Stowe’s impact on our citizens and lead its growing reputation as an innovator in the HBCU community.”

Bradford succeeds former president Dr. Dwuan Warmack, who left Harris-Stowe in August of 2019. Current interim University President Dr. Dwayne Smith, who has served in various capacities at HSSU for 14 years, has provided invaluable stewardship for the University during this transition.


About Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU)

Harris-Stowe State University’s primary mission, as set forth in Senate Bill 153, is a to address the higher education needs of the metropolitan St. Louis region. Toward the fulfillment of this mandate, the University offers a solid General Education curriculum, which serves as the foundation for the University’s various baccalaureate programs in three broad professional areas, including baccalaureate degree programs in business, education, and arts and sciences. For more information, visit

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