Sen. Weaver applies to become next Bradley president, BU shares update on search

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PEORIA, Ill. — State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) wants to become the next president of Bradley University.

The state senator spoke with WMBD Wednesday. Weaver wrote a letter to party leaders letting them know he is in the running for the top job at Bradley University.

Weaver recently reversed his decision to use a portion of his member initiative money to send to the private university from the state’s $45 billion capital bill. After he was confronted with questions about the appearance of a possible quid pro quo, Weaver huddled with a Senate Republican ethics officer Thursday night and reversed his decision.

On Friday, Bradley University leaders said they wanted to bring to light three things about their search for a new president. This comes after the news of Weaver initially promising the school money as part of the state’s capital bill.

Bradley leaders say many qualified candidates from across the country applied for the job. Second, the search is still in the early stage of candidate screening. Third, trustees are committed to conducting a fair search.

Weaver was appointed to the state senate in 2015. He replaced Congressman Darin LaHood when he was elected to the House.

Current president Gary Roberts is retiring in May.

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