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Brad Sims | President, Capitol Technology University

Brad Sims | President, Capitol Technology University

Current Position and Past Experience
Brad Sims is currently President of Capitol Technology University and has been in this position since 2017. 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 role as Chancellor, Dr. Sims had responsibility for administrative and fiscal oversight of a complex, global academic institution encompassing 130 locations worldwide and serving 22,000 students annually.

Before moving to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Sims was Dean of the College of Technology at Indiana State University. From 2002 through 2009, Dr. Sims was professor and department head at Western Carolina University, where he founded the construction management program. Under his direction, the undergraduate degree program grew from zero to 400 majors over a five-year span, while an online master's program in the field was successfully established in collaboration with the College of Business. Dr. Sims first launched his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Florida, serving also as a consultant in lean construction to industry.

Prior to transitioning to academia, Dr. Sims built a successful career in the industrial construction industry, He was a project controls supervisor for Cherne Contracting in California, a cost engineer for Badger Engineers, a subsidiary of Raytheon Engineering, in Massachusetts and started his career as a project controls engineer with the Westinghouse Savannah River Corporation in South Carolina.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Dr. Sims earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1999 from Purdue University, which is also his undergraduate alma mater; he received his B.S. in Building Construction Management there in 1990. He also holds a master's of science degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida. He is member of The Board of Advisors for the Military Cyber Professionals Association, Board Member of the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation, Inc. (MCCEI), Member of InfraGardMD, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and Advisor for the World Research Centre.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute awarded him the Distinguished Technology Alumni Award for Building Construction Management of 2019.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Besides his passion of providing career focused university programs that provide great careers or career advancement, in his spare time he enjoys traveling with his family, scuba diving, and supporting animal causes.

You can connect with Brad on LinkedIn and Twitter @Bradford_Sims

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