Bradford appointed to GMAC board of directors

From the Fall 2009 edition of Vanderbilt Business

Dean Jim Bradford has been named to the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council, the association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Bradford is serving a one-year term on the board of the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to creating access to and advancing graduate management education. Representing academia and industry, GMAC also owns the GMAT exam, which is used by more than 4,600 business programs worldwide as a key part of the admissions process.

“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with my colleagues to underscore the essential role of business education, particularly in periods of great economic flux as we’re experiencing now,” says Bradford, who is also the Ralph Owen Professor of Management. “As business school educators, we are charged with grounding tomorrow’s industry leaders with sound management practices, judgment and values, and fostering a sense of responsibility to contribute to the greater good of society.”

Since his appointment as Dean in 2005, Bradford has spearheaded the launch of several market-driven and immersion-based programs, including a Health Care MBA, master’s degrees in finance and accounting, and Accelerator, a month-long summer intensive program for high-performing undergraduates. Previously Bradford served as President and CEO of United Glass Corporation and AFG Industries Inc., North America’s largest vertically integrated glass manufacturing and fabrication company. He currently serves on the boards of Clarcor Corporation, Genesco and Granite Construction, and the Harpeth Capital Investment Banking Advisory Board. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

“Jim’s role as Dean and his significant corporate experience give him an unusual perspective and make him a most welcome addition to our accomplished board,” says David A. Wilson, President and CEO of GMAC. “We look forward to tapping his expertise in the months ahead amid a continually changing landscape for management education.”

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