With his strong interest in connecting with people and desire to help educational institutions with their financial stability, Bradley Richardson recently joined Williamson’s Office of Institutional Advancement in the newly created position of campaign coordinator.
Richardson said, “I’m excited to be a part of a school that combines faith with the training of young men and I’m anxious to begin meeting with people. I also have had a long interest in the trades because as I was growing up my father worked in the paper mill industry, which is associated with the trades.”
Chief among his responsibilities are assisting in the planning and execution of the capital campaign, providing support to the Campaign Cabinet, providing administrative assistance, arranging opportunities to meet with friends and alumni, and looking for prospects.
After being born in Dayton, Ohio, Richardson moved frequently the first ten years of his life because of his father’s work. His family then settled in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he attended Union-Scioto High School. As a student, he played the flute and trombone in the marching band, concert band, and jazz band.
He then earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts college in Upland, Indiana. Starting out as a pre-med student, his junior year he decided to not pursue a career in medicine. Having minored in biblical studies, he decided to study church history and theology in a seminary setting and began working on a master of arts degree in theological studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pa. He expects to complete his degree this May.
While a student at Westminster, he began working part-time as a development assistant in the Advancement Office, developing friends and relationships.
He quickly realized this was the work he wanted to pursue as a career and he took on the full-time position of advancement associate of donor communication and stewardship. Working closely with the vice president of advancement, he was involved in annual giving, fundraising mailing campaigns, donor communications, solicitations, and events.
“This position opened my eyes to what I can do in advancement in a school like Williamson,” he said.
In 2011, before enrolling in Westminster, he married Hannah, who is now an art teacher at Rose Tree Elementary School. They live in Brookhaven with their dog Murray. He is very involved with CityLife Church, in South Philadelphia, and enjoys reading and restaurants.