Editor's Note: The following first appeared on the UNIBusiness website, and was written by UNIBusiness Communications.
At the end of 2014, UNIBusiness received a generous donation from Robert and Margaret Bradford to establish a chair — the highest academic designation to bestow on a faculty member. This gift is one of the largest ever received by UNIBusiness.
Robert and Margaret Bradford
The holder of the Robert P. and Margaret C. Bradford Chair in International Business will be devoted to enhancing UNI‘s global presence, creating new international internships for our students, enlarging our network of partners around the world, and infusing international content into our curriculum at home.
"I am so grateful for this wonderful gift, one of the largest we have ever received," said UNIBusiness Dean Farzad Moussavi. "For years Bob and Margaret have touched the lives of our students with their generous scholarships. Their enthusiastic support has also been instrumental to our internationalization efforts. With the expertise and resources made available to us through this endowed chair we will now be able to solidify our international presence in ways we could not have done before."
Robert Bradford, managing partner of Bradford & Associates, is a pioneering entrepreneur who turned a small local firm into a thriving global business. Margaret Bradford is a painter, musician and world traveler with a Ph.D. in archaeology.
"Bob‘s entrepreneurial drive across the globe and Margaret‘s life-long sense of discovery have been inspirational to me at both personal and professional levels," Moussavi said. "My entire family has come to admire their curiosity, sense of adventure and warmth."
UNI President Bill Ruud said, "Robert and Margaret Bradford‘s generous gift will enhance our student experience and promote international business. UNI‘s College of Business Administration does an excellent job of preparing students to succeed in the globalized world of business. This Chair in International Business will be a tremendous asset and will offer additional opportunities for our students."
In addition to participating in numerous business and community boards and activities, Robert Bradford has served on the UNIBusiness Executive Advisory Board since 1997 and on the UNI Research Foundation Board since 2001. The Bradfords are both members of the UNI Foundation President‘s Club and have long supported the College and UNI‘s music, arts and athletics programs.
The inaugural holder of the Robert and Margaret Bradford Chair in International Business will be named in spring 2015 to assume the role in fall 2015.