"Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible."
Brad Bayer is the senior executive director of student life and leadership at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). He provides executive leadership for student activities and community service, 206 clubs and organizations, the student government association, the student newspaper, sorority and fraternity life, the Chancellor's Leadership Class, the UCCSlead leadership certificate program, broad student leadership development, disability and testing services, and the office of veteran and military student affairs. He also co-leads divisional program assessment efforts for twenty-nine different department areas, authorizes contracts, and is involved with fundraising, grants, as well as several community outreach initiatives. Bayer has presented nationally, regionally, and at the state and local levels on a variety of topics to include assessment, strategic planning, student engagement, leadership, and student-veteran support. He currently leads a dynamic team of thirty-three professional staff and eighty-one student employees, while overseeing a 4.3 million dollar budget. In 2010, Bayer received the Outstanding Staff Diversity Award, sponsored by the Diversity Alliance Committee, the Faculty Minority Affairs Committee, and the MOSAIC Office, for exemplifying the highest regard for diversity and multiculturalism through the direct support of students.
Prior to his tenure at UCCS, Bayer served for six years as an administrator in the Cherry Creek School District where he held the positions of activities director, assistant principal, and principal. As principal, Bayer led a school community comprised of 1,300 students and 100 faculty, staff, and administrators. He remains a licensed and certified teacher and administrator.
A lifelong educator, Bayer began his career as a member of the English faculty at East High School in West Bend, Wisconsin. He also served on the English faculty at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he developed and instructed courses in advanced placement literature and college preparatory writing. In 2002, Bayer’s students achieved a 100% pass rate on the advanced placement literature exam. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he assumed the roles of head boys’ cross country and assistant boys’ track and field coach--leading many teams and individuals to successful performances at the conference, regional, and state championships.
As a graduate student in college student personnel at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Bayer advised undeclared majors of all ages and backgrounds in the Academic Discovery Lab and was an intern in the admissions office. At the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he worked as a career counseling intern in the College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences and was employed by the athletic department as an academic advising intern and writing specialist. During his graduate program, Bayer also served as an assistant coach for the men's cross country team at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse when the team won the 1996 NCAA Division III National Championship, the first national title for the program in school history.
While an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Bayer competed as a varsity student-athlete on the men’s cross country and track & field teams where he was the co-captain of the men’s cross country team and named both an NCAA Academic All-American and the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. During his collegiate athletic experience, Bayer received WSUC all-conference recognition, raced in two national cross country championships, and was a member of seven WSUC conference championship title winning teams combined in both cross country and track & field.
Bayer was the recipient of three merit-based scholarships as an undergraduate student: the Jay Norris Scholarship in English, the Thomas Mcilraith Scholarship in English, and the Edith Cartwright Scholarship in Education. He graduated with highest honors.
Brad Bayer holds a B.S. degree in English/secondary education with a minor in speech communication from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse; a M.S. degree in college student personnel from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse; and a post-master's certificate of educational administration licensure from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
On a personal note, he is married to Suzanne, a third grade elementary school teacher. Together, they have two sons, Carter (13) and Jordan (10).