The Terence Bradshaw Leadership Academy Professorship

Terence C. "Terry" Bradshaw was born in Manitoba, Canada, but moved to a 110-acre farm near Corvallis when he was 10 years old. He later relocated to Yakima, Wash., then studied at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., before graduating from the University of Washington. An investor and engineer, Bradshaw worked at securities company Harris, Upham & Co. He was married to Marguerite Bradshaw until her death in January 1970. He and Isabel Hopkins Gillie Bradshaw were married in December 1971. The following year he passed away at the age of 64.

Bradshaw attended many events at OSU throughout his life, and he left a portion of his estate to the university's chemistry, engineering, and agriculture programs. After OSU received his $3.3 million estate gift in 2010, the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences used part of the funds to create an endowment for the director of the college's new Leadership Academy. Designed in response to employer feedback, this one-year program for undergraduates focuses on enhancing interpersonal "soft skills" such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. Participants work with faculty mentors and industry leaders who provide guidance, advice, and encouragement.

 

Jonathan Velez

Jonathan VelezIn 2011 Jonathan Velez was named the inaugural Terence Bradshaw Leadership Academy Professor. He was instrumental in the development of the Leadership Academy, and as a result of this program and creation of the Leadership Minor, Velez and his department colleagues received the 2012 OSU Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award.

"The endowed position has afforded me the opportunity to unite developing student leaders with faculty mentors and industry leaders, creating a community of individuals dedicated to making a difference in a variety of agricultural industries," he said. "In addition, I'm excited to see that these reciprocal relationships have bridged the gap between employers and our Oregon State talent."

Velez joined OSU's Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture as an assistant professor in 2008. He previously earned his bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences and a Master of Arts in Teaching at OSU, taught agricultural science and technology in Oregon high schools for four years, then earned his doctorate in agricultural education from The Ohio State University.

 

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