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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw to Be Installed March 28

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University will install its third president, Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, 1 p.m., Friday, March 28 in Alico Arena on campus. The event is open to the general public as well as the University community. Following the ceremony Dr. and Mrs. Bradshaw will receive guests during a reception in the Alico auxiliary gym.

President Bradshaw was unanimously selected by the FGCU Board of Trustees to lead the institution and took office November 13, succeeding William C. Merwin who retired from the presidency earlier last year.

The inauguration event will include a presidential address and a processional of faculty, senior administrators, trustees, delegates from other colleges and universities, international students, local and state officials, all in academic regalia representing their respective institutions of higher education. The processional represents the unity of purpose in all higher education: the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

"The inauguration of FGCU's third president will help continue the momentum of a growing and thriving campus," said Steve Magiera, vice president for University Advancement. "It will initiate more traditions that help define culture on our relatively new campus; and it will attract community and state leaders as well as the general public to an attractive campus that all stakeholders are proud to claim."

"The inauguration of a new president is an exciting and hopeful time for a campus," said Audrea Anderson, chair of the inauguration committee. "The ceremony itself celebrates past achievements and looks forward to the new era that an incoming president brings. Through the inaugural address, we learn much about the new president's vision for the institution and how he plans to accomplish his goals."

To prepare adequately for guests, FGCU is issuing tickets for this event. General public tickets will be available beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Alico Arena box office. All guests who wish to obtain free tickets must visit the Alico Arena box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. following the initial release date of Feb. 27. No orders will be taken via the phone or internet. Guests are limited to an initial four tickets per person. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis until they are gone. For information regarding tickets, contact the Alico Arena box office at (239) 590-7145. For special needs assistance, contact Adaptive Services at (239) 590-7956.

For information about the inauguration, media representatives should contact associate vice president in Advancement Audrea Anderson at (239) 590-1083 or

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