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NACUA's Life Membership Award

Susan O. Bradshaw - 2012

Susan O. Bradshaw recently retired from The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as an associate vice president in its Office of Legal Affairs. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to joining the university in 1997, Ms. Bradshaw worked for The University of Texas System’s Office of General Counsel, and was an assistant attorney general for the State of Texas. Over the course of her career, she had the privilege of witnessing the law of higher education evolve into its own practice area; and enjoyed the challenges presented by the wide variety of topics it encompasses. Her particular areas of expertise while in practice were civil rights, constitutional law, civil litigation, employment and open government.

Since joining NACUA in 1986, Susan attended nearly every annual conference (23 in total) and 19 CLE workshops. She was an active speaker and moderator at 16 educational programs. She volunteered to serve on several NACUA committees including the Committee on Site Selection, Committee on Membership and Member Services, Committee on Arrangements for the Annual Conference, Committee on Nominations and Elections, Committee on Board Operations, and the Committee on Legal Education.

Since her retirement, Susan is renewing her knowledge of the Spanish language, as well as exploring a number of avocations and interests which include gardening in the midst of drought, oriental brush painting, poetry, Buddhism and being a grandmother.

Susan is described by her colleagues as unfailingly generous with her time, remarkably clear-headed in her analysis of legal issues, and an articulate and passionate advocate of reason and common sense. Her colleagues have noted that when turning to Susan for advice they have always come away with a better understanding of the issues, a way to cut through the clutter to the heart of the problem, and even more importantly, a sense of confidence and grounding in reality.

NACUA is pleased to recognize Susan O. Bradshaw as a Life Member of the Association in recognition of her outstanding service and her sustained and substantial contributions to NACUA and the field of higher education law.