Bradshaw to Retire in 2017

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Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw on Nov. 12 announced his plans to retire at the end of his contract on June 30, 2017. Bradshaw made the announcement the day he began his ninth year in the position.

Prior to becoming FGCU’s third president, Bradshaw served for seven years as the president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Gulfshore Business chatted with Bradshaw about his goals for FGCU shortly after he assumed leadership of the growing campus. He quickly began to earn high marks among business and community leaders for his performance, and in 2011 Gulfshore Business recognized Bradshaw for his work in forming strategic partnerships and building upon the school’s mission to become a top university for renewable energy research.

He plans to continue developing the university as long as he remains president.

“I intend to spend the next year and a half as president being laser-focused on enhancing the success of our students; successfully completing our $100 million campaign; beginning the implementation of our 2015-2020 strategic plan; fully operationalizing the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI); developing new degree programs that are responsive to the current needs of Southwest Florida; working to identify and nurture areas of excellence that distinctively make us FGCU; excelling even further with the Board of Governors' performance funding model; and continuing our strong track record of keeping quality higher education not only accessible but affordable for our students and their families,” Bradshaw wrote in a two-page letter addressed to FGCU Board of Trustees Chairwoman Robbie Roepstorff stating his retirement.

The formal announcement, he noted, gives the board “ample time … to deliberate and develop a thoughtful and systematic approach to finding (a) successor.”


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