Dr. J. Bernard Bradley, director of the AAACE’s Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT), earned his B.S. in Business/Marketing and M.S. in Adult/Continuing Education from The University of West Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and Research with emphasis in Adult Education from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), a research institution. Additional graduate coursework in online learning was completed at Athabasca University (CANADA) and Jones International University (CO). Bradley also completed a Certificate in Distance Education from the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies.
His career spans over 18 years of experience in community/workforce development, grant writing/administration, program development and education/training at USM, the American Association of State College and Universities (Washington, DC), Quincy College (MA), Johnson & Wales University (RI), and Great Basin College (NV). He is also the recipient of a national Best Practices Award in Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2011, Bradley founded the American Council on Business Development, LLC, also dba the American Council on Grant Writing, a national grant consulting and training firm. Dr. Bradley, a published author and frequent conference and webinar presenter, holds national certification as a grant professional through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). Bernard's dissertation and current research focuses on the use of andragogy in distance education for adults to create student-centered learning environments in non-formal, community-based and higher education settings.