Bradley Chamberlain named provost at Luther College

December 15, 2022

President Jenifer K. Ward has announced the appointment of Bradley Chamberlain as provost of Luther College. 

Bradley Chamberlain, PhD

Chamberlain, who has served as vice president for mission and communication since 2019, was named interim provost in August 2022. His appointment as provost follows a nationwide search led by a 22-person committee consisting of faculty, staff, cabinet members, students and regents. He will assume the role beginning in January. 

“Dr. Chamberlain has already provided steady leadership at Luther as part of my senior team and has been a trusted thought partner to me and to his colleagues,” said Ward. “He brings an innate curiosity to the project of higher education, always looking for ways to connect the best of what our faculty and staff offer to the accomplishments of the students they mentor. In him, we will have a chief academic officer who is committed to student success and community flourishing, and I look forward to continuing the work we have started together.” 

As provost, Chamberlain will work alongside the president to provide thoughtful and creative leadership as he oversees a student-facing division that includes academic affairs, student engagement and student success. The provost model was instituted at Luther in 2021 as a way to create an integrated, student-centered approach to all academic and co-curricular services. 

“I am inspired by Luther’s mission to prepare students for lives of meaning and purpose in service of the common good. I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to partner with this community in a new way to support and enhance the student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Chamberlain.

I am inspired by Luther’s mission to prepare students for lives of meaning and purpose in service of the common good. I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to partner with this community in a new way to support and enhance the student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Bradley Chamberlain

Chamberlain arrived at Luther in 2001 as a member of the faculty, where he taught a range of courses in the chemistry department and conducted collaborative research with students to prepare new biodegradable plastics. In 2005, Chamberlain began serving in various leadership capacities. He was the chair of the academic planning committee, interim director of advising, head of the chemistry department and interim dean for institutional planning and mission. In 2019, Chamberlain was named vice president for mission and communication and he has been serving as interim provost since August 2022.

As vice president for mission and communication, Chamberlain led the implementation of Luther’s first integrated brand strategy. It included the integration of newly identified brand pillars, a refreshed visual identity, social media strategy and a redesigned luther.edu website. In addition, Chamberlain developed the college’s first strategic internal communications plan and led the COVID Response Team under which he provided leadership for the development of a set of indicators and alert levels that provided a flexible and phased approach for all curricular and co-curricular operations during the height of the pandemic. 

Chamberlain earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College and holds a doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Chamberlain will also serve as interim vice president for mission and communication through the current academic year.

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