Farewell Dean Bradshaw

By Maroon & White | spring 2018

After a successful and eventful six years, Dr. Patricia Bradshaw is stepping down as the Dean of the Sobey School of Business. She is proud of the School’s accomplishments during her tenure and feels confident that she is passing on the baton to the next Dean at the right time.

“The School is poised to continue doing work that contributes to prosperity both in Nova Scotia and around the world.” Abroad—in China, specifically—is where one of the school’s most gratifying successes is taking place. This spring, the first cohort of almost 80 students will graduate from the Sobey School of Business Bachelor of Commerce program in Zhuhai. For the last two years, faculty have flown to China to teach students in a unique double degree program (see next article).

Dr. Bradshaw became Dean in 2012, a pivotal time in Nova Scotia’s history. “Ray Ivany’s One Nova Scotia report had just been released and we pulled together and worked hard to contribute to his call for collective impact.” They’ve done a good job: a recent study concludes that the Sobey School contributes $329 million dollars annually to the economy of Nova Scotia. “We’re really making a difference – whether that's graduating domestic and international students who stay in the region, or assisting students who do start-ups, or developing more of an understanding of the importance of international trade.”

After her one-year administrative leave, where she looks forward to some research and consulting, in addition to golf and travelling with her husband John Howson, Dr. Bradshaw hopes to rejoin the ranks of faculty. In the meantime, however, she will miss many of the people at Saint Mary’s.

“This University is full of incredible, generous, big-hearted people. I'm going to miss the community. Especially our humble, hardworking, dedicated students. I’ll miss their smiles and their hugs.”

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