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FGCU Names Library for Former President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw

Florida Gulf Coast University officially named its library for past FGCU President, Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, Monday at a ceremony on campus. WGCU’s Mike Kiniry was there and has this report.

Dr. Bradshaw – better known by most as simply ‘Brad’ – served as president from November 2007 through June 2017. The ceremony featured a number of short, often touching speeches by people Dr. Bradshaw worked with during his time at the helm, as well as one of his sons, and concluded with his own thoughts.

“I’ll leave you with just a few words. Some of you have heard me say some of these things before, but one thing I’d like to say to the Brotherhood of Ten as examples, and to everybody. You know, you don’t always get what you want, and you don’t always get what you need, but you always get what you get – and you have to make the best of that. So my last four words as I usually leave commencement with is ‘Walk good, go Eagles.’”

‘The Brotherhood of Ten' is a group of Florida Atlantic University alumni that Dr. Bradshaw had personally recruited during his time at FAU. Many of them were in attendance, including David Brennen, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Dr. Bradshaw came to FGCU from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he served as president for seven years. Before that he was provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and Dean of Graduate Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He now lives in St. Augustine with his wife Joanna.