BRADLEY, IL – Bradley Elementary School District #61 is set to welcome a new era of leadership. Christopher Hammond, a veteran educator with 24 years of experience, will take the helm as Superintendent, effective July 1st, 2024. This announcement follows a meticulous search process led by Connect Exec, initiated after the retirement notice of Dr. Scott Goselin, who served the district for 19 years.
The journey to find a suitable successor began in August 2023. Over 30 applications were received, and after rigorous screening, seven candidates were shortlisted for initial interviews. The final decision was challenging due to the exceptional talent pool, but Mr. Hammond’s rich experience in education and leadership at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School stood out.
Hammond’s career began as a Science Teacher, where he also served as Department Chair. He ascended to Assistant Principal, and for the past 12 years, he has been the Chief School Business Official at BBCHS. His academic credentials include a Bachelor’s in Biology from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, with additional endorsements in School Business and Superintendent roles.
The selection of Hammond resonates with the district’s emphasis on maintaining its “family” atmosphere while fostering academic excellence. As a Kankakee County resident for 24 years, and a family man with three children, Hammond embodies the community spirit and commitment to student welfare that the district values. Terrie Golwitzer, President of Bradley Board of Education, expressed enthusiasm for Hammond’s appointment: “His passion for students and learning is evident. We are excited to see his vision for the district unfold.”