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Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Michael Schoenfeld announced Wednesday that Bradley will succeed Betty Nixon, who will retire next week after 18 years at Vanderbilt.
“Christine Bradley is a distinguished leader in state and local government, health care, education and community affairs,” Schoenfeld said. “She is an extraordinarily talented executive, a passionate advocate and a wise counselor. I look forward to her leadership in our outreach efforts.”
Bradley comes to Vanderbilt from the Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC), a part of the Metro Nashville Mayor‘s office with regional jurisdiction. As NCAC executive director since 2000, she has led workforce development activities in Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson and Trousdale counties.
Under her direction, the NCAC has connected thousands of job seekers with employers throughout the region. She has developed innovative training and education programs, led economic development initiatives and implemented a legislative and advocacy campaign around workforce development.
“I am both excited and humbled to have the opportunity to continue the work of Betty Nixon, who is such a wonderful community leader,” Bradley said. “I am committed to working with Vanderbilt as we continue to enhance our community and government relations and I am excited to be part of such a wonderful team of dedicated individuals.”
Before joining the NCAC, Bradley was state director of operations for Camelot Care, a provider of mental health services, where she worked on a wide range of service delivery and policy issues.
As chief of staff to Phil Bredesen from 1995 to 1998 while he was mayor of Nashville, Bradley was Bredesen‘s advocate with the Metro Council, the State Legislature, federal officials, business leaders and the nonprofit community.
She previously served as Tennessee‘s Commissioner of Corrections, where she oversaw the state prison system and received the first CEO Award presented by the American Correctional Association.
An active participant in community affairs, Christine serves as a board member of Alignment Nashville, the Middle Tennessee P-16 Council, Nashville State Community College Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. She is a graduate of both Leadership Nashville and Leadership Middle Tennessee. Bradley earned a doctor of education in educational leadership from Tennessee State University, a master‘s degree in guidance and personnel from St. Bonaventure University in New York and a bachelor‘s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
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