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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Welcomes New President Nov. 13

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announced today that President-designate Wilson G. Bradshaw plans to begin his tenure at Florida's tenth state university on Tuesday, November 13.

At its August 25 meeting the FGCU 13-member Board of Trustees named Bradshaw FGCU's third president. Currently president of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Bradshaw is completing his duties there in order to join FGCU as soon as possible.

"I can't wait to get to Southwest Florida and to the FGCU campus. I am very eager to get started," said Bradshaw.

Meanwhile, the statewide Board of Governors that oversees Florida's state university system is scheduled to ratify Bradshaw's appointment Sept. 27 at its meeting in Tallahassee at the Turlington Building. The Board's agenda is not yet available.

Bradshaw and his wife Jo Anna plan to be on hand as FGCU celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Community Day Open House event on October 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will welcome guests to the campus and visit with members of the community throughout the day.

Prior to his position as president of Metropolitan State University, Bradshaw served in several administrative roles, including provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, vice president and dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Georgia Southern University, and dean of Graduate Studies at Florida Atlantic University.

The holder of a Ph.D. in psychobiology (neuroscience) from the University of Pittsburgh, Bradshaw has been appointed to the faculties of universities in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, and Florida. He was awarded a National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught psychopharmacology, psychology, neurophysiology, and biological bases of motivated behaviors. Bradshaw has published widely in these fields of research.

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

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