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Saving a Spot for Others

Mike Bradley '67
Mike Bradley '67

March 30, 2017

Mike Bradley ’67 clearly remembers the day of his Andover admission interview. The smart eighth-grader from northern Rhode Island had been inspired to apply after reading the October 1962 Time magazine story about Andover. “I didn’t even know what a prep school was,” says Bradley. “I marveled that a place like this existed.”

Encouraged by his parents—an electrician and a homemaker—to “get in over his head,” Bradley met with Director of Admission Robert Sides. When Bradley asked what it would take for him to attend PA, the response was surprising. “Sometimes we save a spot for a guy like you,” Sides said.

Bradley has never forgotten those words, or the generosity of an anonymous donor whose gift made it possible for him to attend one of the best prep schools in the nation.

Fifty years later, Bradley still feels a deep connection to Andover and often reflects on how these actions changed the course of his life. “I have an obligation and an opportunity to give that same chance to other young people. That is what binds me to this school.”

After Andover, Bradley graduated from Amherst College and earned an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He went on to a successful 35-year career at Teradyne, a world leader in the electronics and semiconductor industry, serving as CEO for the past decade.

Through the years, Bradley has made it a practice to thank those who have encouraged and pushed him to greater opportunities. He and his wife, Betty, honored his parents through the Eleanor and John Bradley Scholarship Fund, to which they recently made a leadership gift for his upcoming 50th Reunion. Bradley has been a regular supporter of the Andover Fund, is an alumni admission interviewer, and was a generous patron of the Tang Institute, PA’s hub for innovative approaches to connected learning, for which he also serves as an advisor.

“I can never thank my parents enough for selflessly giving me to Andover,” he says. “Supporting Andover helps young men and women enter a new world of opportunities, just as my parents opened the world to me.”

—Mary Ann Hill

For additional information on how you can impact the student experience, please contact Nicole Cherubini, director of development, at 978-749-4288 or ncherubini@andover.edu.