Carrsville man named Ruritan Foundation trustee

Published 10:21 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019



Philip A. Bradshaw, past governor for the Holland District Rurirtans, has been elected to serve a five-year term as a trustee for the Ruritan National Foundation, which provides financial assistance to qualified individuals and groups for educational, chairable and benevolent activities.

Trustees are elected at large by delegates representing nearly 30,000 members at the 88th annual Ruritan National Convention, which was at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton.

The delegates represent the 38 Ruritan districts across 24 states, with over 1,100 clubs working to improve their communities throughout rural and small-town America.

Bradshaw, a native of Carrsville, has been a Ruritan since 1980, serving in every leadership role in his local Carrsville club, including secretary, vice president, president for five terms, and now as treasurer. He is also chairman of the annual Carrsville Christmas parade.

Bradshaw has served as both the lieutenant governor and governor of Zone 5 (Isle of Wight County) as well as both lieutenant governor and governor of the Holland District, which is composed of 53 clubs organized into six zones spanning an area from the tri-cities and the I-95 corridor to South Hampton Roads and Knott’s Island.

The Ruritan National Foundation is administered by five trustees who each serve five-year terms. The purpose is “to manage and maintain a trust for the encouragement promotion and financing of the educational charitable and benevolent principles and activities of Ruritan Clubs and of Ruritan National.”

In addition to his nearly four decades of experience with Ruritans, Bradshaw’s management and financial experience made him the best qualified candidate to serve as trustee of the Ruritan National Foundation.

Currently the operations manager for Paul D. Camp Community College, Bradshaw is responsible for all aspects of college operations including financial, maintenance, grounds, housekeeping, IT, safety and security. His previous tenures include chief financial officer for Isle of Wight County Schools; business office manager for Thomas Nelson Community College; regional accounting manager for Mastec Inc.; and various management and supervisory roles throughout his career at Union Camp, International Paper and later Nevamar and ATC Panels.

Bradshaw’s leadership experience includes 17 years of public service on the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors, in which he served as board chair and vice chair several times, as well as the Virginia Association of Counties, serving in various positions including president.

On Jan. 19, Bradshaw, with his wife Stella by his side, was installed by 2018 Ruritan National Foundation President Jayson Duncan.

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