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Bradshaw Named President of FGCU

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Wilson G. Bradshaw as the third president of FGCU.

"This is certainly one of the best days of my life. Thank you to the community, the board and the University." Bradshaw said.

"This was a grueling but honest process. A lot of people who cherish this University did a lot of work on its behalf. I am so pleased to be the next president of this fine institution. I can't imagine a finer day in my life. The last thing I would like to say is in terms of a pledge. Now that I have been named the next president of FGCU, I promise I will give you my best. Thank you so much."

The FGCU 13-member Board of Trustees made the selection of Bradshaw unanimous, many citing his track record as a builder, a problem solver and a motivator.

"Dr. Bradshaw has an extraordinary amount of energy. He has the emotional energy, the experience and the vision to lead this institution," chairman Scott Lutgert said.

Trustee Michael Villalobos said, "Dr. Bradshaw has the dynamics I think we need. He has the out of the box thinking we will need in the next decade."

Trustee Larry Hart said, "Dr. Bradshaw has all of the tools he needs to get in the automobile and drive it."

Bradshaw is the current president at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is also a professor of psychology and a full member of the graduate faculty. From 1995 to 2000, he served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

From 1990 to 1995, Bradshaw was the vice president and dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Georgia Southern University. He also served as professor in psychology at Georgia Southern University. He held several titles at Florida Atlantic University including dean of Graduate Studies and tenured associate professor in psychology.

Bradshaw earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980, a Master of Arts in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1973 and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1971.

In 1981, Bradshaw was awarded a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Laboratory of Neural and Endocrine Regulation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2001, he attended the Harvard Presidents' Workshop on Fundraising, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) New Presidents' Academy in 2002.

Bradshaw's career in academia includes a wide spectrum of educational posts including assistant professor of pharmacology at Florida A&M University/VA Medical Center, instructor of physiology at the Wright State University School of Medicine in Ohio, and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bradshaw is widely published in professional periodicals and journals. His contributions include published articles in Hormones and Behavior, Brain Research, Neuroendocrinology, and Science.

In the research arena, Bradshaw has been granted more than one million dollars for academic study in several areas including math, science, computers and technology education; microbiology for health education; and neuroscience. He has been honored with several professional awards including the Spurgeon Award (Saint Paul) for career excellence, exceptional community service, and serving as role models for young people.

Bradshaw replaces William Merwin who retired earlier this year.

For more information, contact associate vice president for Community Relations Audrea Anderson at (239) 590-1083.

Submitted by Metropolitan State University

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