D. Bradford Hunt was appointed Dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and Vice Provost for Adult and Experiential Education in May 2013. Provost Doug Knerr announced that Dean Hunt will “lead our University-wide efforts for the creation of an entity focused exclusively on adult education.”
Hunt is an accomplished scholar and specialist in the field of U.S. urban history. His most recent book, Planning Chicago, (co-authored with Jon DeVries) is a groundbreaking study published by the American Planning Association that examines the planners, politicians and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago. His previous book, Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (University of Chicago Press), won the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society of American City and Regional Planning History for the best book on North American Planning History. Hunt serves on the board of the National Public Housing Museum as an editor of the Chicago Architecture and Urbanism series at the University of Chicago Press, and as membership secretary of the Urban History Association.
Hunt earned his BA from Williams College and his PhD in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Before entering academia, he worked for four years on Capitol Hill as a federal budget analyst and legislative assistant.
Hunt began his career at Roosevelt as an adjunct faculty member in 2000 and joined the full-time faculty in 2001. He has served as chair of the Department of Professional and Liberal Studies and as associate dean of the College of Professional Studies. Hunt has been an entrepreneurial leader and student-focused in all of his endeavors. He co-founded the Sustainability Studies program and has actively engaged students in the life of the Chicago metropolitan region.
“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Hunt said. “I look forward to collaborating with a remarkable group of talented faculty and staff. We need to sustain the vitality of existing programs and move forward in entrepreneurial ways, especially in adult markets.”