Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D. serves as President of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). On August 25, 2007 – the University’s tenth anniversary – the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Bradshaw to become the institution’s third President.
President Bradshaw came to FGCU from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he served for seven years as President. His previous positions include 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.
Born in Sanford, Florida, and raised in West Palm Beach, 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 doctorate in psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Laboratory of Neural and Endocrine Regulation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
President Bradshaw is active in civic, educational, and philanthropic initiatives in FGCU’s Southwest Florida region and beyond. He is a member of the Forum Club of Naples; the Naples Botanical Gardens Board of Directors; the Horizon Council of Lee County Executive Committee; the Lee County Education Foundation; Searching for Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors; and chairs the Alliance of Educational Leaders Board of Directors.
President Bradshaw and his wife, Jo Anna, have three adult sons.