Dr. Bradshaw was the third president of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He served in this capacity from 2007 to June 30, 2017 – a time of tremendous growth. During his tenure, FGCU grew its student population from about 9,000 to 15,000 in 2016, and expanded the endowment, campus housing, diversity, and doctoral programs, to name a few.
Bradshaw retired in 2017 and received President Emeritus status at FGCU. They named their university library after him.
Dr. Bradshaw brings decades of higher education experience to our board. Before FGCU, he served in some capacity at
- Metropolitan State University (Minnesota),
- The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania,
- Georgia Southern University, and
- Florida Atlantic University.
He has also served on many boards, including that of the Bush Foundation and Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation.
Dr. Bradshaw is a Florida native. He earned an A.A. degree from Palm Beach Community (Jr.) College, B.A. and M. A. degrees in psychology from Florida Atlantic University, a doctorate in psycho-biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) National Institute of Health Post-Doctor fellowship.
Dr. Bradshaw and his wife live in Saint Augustine, Florida. He volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club and the St. Johns County Public Library. The Bradshaws have three adult sons.