Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Dr. Bradshaw served as the 3rd President of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) from 2007 to June 30, 2017. During his tenure, FGCU experienced tremendous growth in both size (for example, growing the student population from just over 9,000 to 15,000 in 2016, increasing faculty by 50%, doubling the endowment to over $76 million, doubling the number of degrees offered) and complexity (adding campus housing, increasing diversity, a transition to Division 1 athletics, and adding doctoral programs). Bradshaw was awarded President Emeritus status at FGSU when he retired in 2017 and the university library is named after him.
Dr. Bradshaw brings decades of experience in higher education (Metropolitan State University, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Southern University and Florida Atlantic University in addition to FGCU) as well as experience on other boards that include the Bush Foundation, the Saint Paul Community Foundation, Friends of the St. Paul Library and the Securian Financial Group.
A Florida native, Dr. Bradshaw earned his associate of arts degree from Palm Beach Community (Jr.) College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate in psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Laboratory of Neural and Endocrine Regulation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Bradshaw and his wife, Jo Anna, now reside in Saint Augustine, where he is a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club and the St. Johns County Public Library. The Bradshaws have three adult sons.