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Dr. Bradford Sims is currently the President of Capitol Technology University and a Higher Education Leader where he has directly been involved with the creation of degrees in construction management, construction safety, construction cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, construction IT, and facilities management. Prior to his appointment as Capitol's president, Dr. Sims was Interim Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide campus, based in Daytona Beach, FL. In his roles, Dr. Sims had responsibility for academic, administrative and fiscal oversight of a complex, global academic institution encompassing 130 locations both on US military bases and commercial locations worldwide.

Before moving to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Sims was Dean and Professor at Indiana State University. As Dean of the College of Technology where the construction management program was housed, he was responsible for oversight of degree programs, human and fiscal resources, strategic planning, external funding and faculty programs. He boosted enrollment at the College of Technology by 75%, raised alumni participation and built a social media presence for the college.

Prior to Indiana State University, Dr. Sims was Professor and Department Head at Western Carolina University, where he founded the on campus construction management program. Under his direction, the undergraduate degree program grew from zero to 400 majors and two years later he established one of the first online master's program in construction management. Dr. Sims also worked with one of the construction industry’s largest search firms, Kimmel & Associates who named the programs. Dr. Sims first launched his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Florida in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, serving also as a consultant in lean construction to the construction industry.

Prior to transitioning to academia, Bradford Sims built a successful career in the industrial construction industry, He was a Project Controls Supervisor for Cherne Contracting at the ARCO Refinery in Carson, California managing day-to-day activities and working with over 500 Union craft trade workers completing multiple onsite projects, he was a Cost Engineer for Badger Engineers, a subsidiary of Raytheon Engineering, at their headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts working on global industrial projects, and started his construction career as a Project Controls Engineer with the Westinghouse Savannah River Corporation in Aiken, South Carolina working on the construction of waste and environmental control projects.

Dr. Sims earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University where he also received his B.S. in Building Construction Management. He also holds a master's of science degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society and has worked with committees in the past for the American Institute of Contractors, the Associated General Contractors, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, the National Electrical Contractors Association, among many other. He can be found on Linkedin via or

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