*This feature originally appeared in The Budget’s July 5, 2017 Local Edition
We all have our guilty pleasures, and for Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer at Kent State Tuscarawas, his is watching professional wrestling.
“When I was a kid growing up, my uncle and I would watch on Saturdays all the time, so it’s something I grew up with,” he explained.
Though he said doesn’t go out of his way to watch the program, he notes that if he walks into a room and it happens to be on TV, he definitely won’t turn it off. As for his favorite wrestlers, Dr. Bielski said he prefers the ones who play the villain. His current favorites include Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose.
When he’s not working in his office (or secretly watching a WWE matchup), this husband and father of four can often be found outside working in his yard or doing various projects around the house. He also enjoys woodworking and likes to hit the green for a round of golf.
Read on to learn more about this One and Only:
Full name: Bradley Allen Bielski Birth city: Cincinnati
Family: Wife Dawn (married going on 22 years); children – Hannah, Elise, Jeffrey and Sophia
Favorite television show(s): Morning Joe, NFL Football, I Love Lucy Favorite movie(s): Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Ten Commandments (Original), Star Wars
Last book I read: The Syndicate Wife
First job: Cook, Frisch’s Restaurant Worst job: Telephone Sales, Olan Mills
Favorite childhood memory: Spending the holidays with our large, extended family. We often hosted Christmas Day for the entire “White- house” side of the family. My great-grandmother had 11 children. Most of the 11, and their children/grand-children, celebrated Christmas at our house. The same thing occurred on the Fourth of July. Always a big crowd of aunts, uncles and cousins. There were many good stories.
Favorite music: American standards, mostly from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Artists like Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney. I am also a fan of Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Lady Gaga and some Bruno Mars. Favorite food: Italian. However, I am low-carb right now, so I seldom have any.
Best idea I ever had: Proposing to my wife.
Worst idea I ever had: Starting a Center for Healthcare Management. Failed miserably.
Three words that describe me: Fun, Sarcastic, Serious
I am known for my: Understanding of Accreditation and Educational Policy I’d give anything to meet: Albert Einstein or Abraham Lincoln
The career I fantasize having is: Professional baseball player, actor, Dean of Kent State Tuscarawas
If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is: Always treat others with respect.
People would be surprised to know that: While my name is Polish, most of my ancestral roots are English/Irish.
The one thing I would like to try is: Learning to play a musical instrument well. I play piano very poorly. I would like to learn guitar at some point.
If I could give any gift to anyone in the world, it would be: Good health, to all.
If given the opportunity, I would ask the President: On whose advice do you rely the most?
People tell me I remind them of: When I was younger, John Boy Walton. A little bit on the looks, but the first-generation college kid coming from a working-class family.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: It’s a Wonderful Life If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? Speed. Like the Flash. I always loved running fast as a child. I could hear the wind whistling in my ears as I gained speed. I miss being able to run fast.
Organizations: Board member for the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Tuscarawas County, Tuscarawas County Community Improvement Corporation, Leadership Tuscarawas; ex officio member of Tuscarawas County University Foundation; member of Dover Exchange Club