James W. Bradford

James W. Bradford

Professor for the Practice of Management
Dean of the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, Emeritus

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Corporate Governance, business structures, global and domestic business strategy, entrepreneurship.

Subject Areas

Strategy and Business Economics



An experienced executive and former Dean of The Owen Graduate School of Management, James Bradford has had a profound influence on the world of Owen and the world of business

Awards & Accomplishments

Professor Bradford was named 2015’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Year for all NYSE and Nasdaq-listed companies. As a full-time faculty member at Owen, he won the Dean’s Teaching Award.


During his tenure, Bradford spearheaded the development and launch of six innovative, market-driven and immersion-based programs at Owen, including the Health Care MBA, master’s degrees in finance (MSF), healthcare management (MMHC) and accountancy (MAcc), the Americas MBA (AMBA) and Accelerator, a 30-day summer intensive for highly qualified undergraduates. In 2006, he established a Board of Visitors comprised of leading corporate executives to further strengthen Owen’s connection and relevance to the national and international business communities, and has formed additional advisory boards for the health care and accountancy degree programs.


An experienced corporate executive, Professor Bradford previously served as president and CEO of United Glass Corporation and AFG Industries Inc. Prior to that, he served as AFG’s general counsel and spent 11 years in private law practice. He has also been active in the graduate business education industry, having served as Chair of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). He currently serves on the board of directors for several leading public companies: CLARCOR Inc.; Cracker Barrel, Inc. (non-executive Chair); Genesco, Inc. (lead director) and Granite Inc.


Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, 1997

J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1973

B.A., University of Florida, 1969