Brad Bartel earned his baccalaureate degree from Brooklyn College in 1970 and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1974. Both degrees were in Anthropology. An archaeologist specializing in studies of colonialism, mortuary practice, and early human symbolism, Dr. Bartel has conducted field research in Yugoslavia, Turkey, Ireland, and the United States. His projects include the excavation of the Roman city of Sirmium and Roman metallurgical site of Kraku'lu Yordan in Serbia, the Celtic ceremonial site of Dun Ailline in Ireland, and Early Bronze Age cemeteries in western Turkey. In the United States, Dr. Bartel has excavated the San Diego Presidio, the first permanent European settlement on the West coast, the Moravian settlement of Old Salem in North Carolina, and the home sites of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Florida. His archaeological research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and various other foundations. His research has appeared in numerous anthropological journals including World Archaeology, The Journal of Archaeological Science, and the Journal of Field Archaeology.
Dr. Bartel began his professional career at San Diego State University as an assistant professor of Anthropology in 1975. He was promoted to associate professor in 1981. In 1983 he was promoted to Professor and also appointed the Associate Dean of the Graduate Division and Research with responsibility over all of the master's and doctoral programs. In 1991 he became the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his tenure, he increased graduate enrollment and research funding, established new research institutes, and developed new master's and doctoral programs. During his time as a graduate dean, Dr. Bartel was responsible for training of all new graduate administrators throughout the South for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) and was a consultant on the role of graduate certificates for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the national organization for graduate education in the United States.
In 2000, he became the Provost and Executive Vice President at Florida Gulf Coast University located in southwest Florida. This was a newly established state university with dynamic growth. Dr. Bartel was responsible for all facets of the academic enterprise as well as student affairs, public television and radio stations, continuing education and partnerships with the community, and capital construction of academic buildings.
In 2004 he became the President of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Fort Lewis College is the designated public liberal arts college of Colorado and the national leader in Native American undergraduate education with students from more than 125 different Native American tribes in attendance. Dr. Bartel's responsibilities included all aspects of college operations. During his tenure, admissions standards were significantly elevated, new degree programs developed, universal opportunities for student service learning created, annual fundraising increased dramatically, two national championships earned in Men's Soccer, and $100 million of capital construction implemented. Dr. Bartel served on the national policy council and undergraduate experience committee of the American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU).
Brad Bartel has been married to Laura Bartel, an anthropologist, for over thirty years. They have two children, Jordan, an assistant editor and feature writer for the B newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland, and Kim, a social worker in Asheville, North Carolina. Brad and Laura also have two pugs who rule their lives.