Four Faculty Members Appointed Bradshaw Professorships

Richard and Judy Vinroot

In 2009, Richard and Judy Vinroot pledged a gift of $1 million to the School of Government in honor of Richard’s longtime friend, mentor, and law partner, Robert Bradshaw. A portion of those funds were matched by the state’s Distinguished Professors Endowment to create the Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professorship.  

The University The University of North Carolina has approved the appointment of four School faculty members to Bradshaw professorships. Kara Millonzi and Willow Jacobson were appointed to Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professorships, and Shea Denning and Tyler Mulligan received Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Term Professorships for Faculty Excellence. 

Richard Vinroot said the donation has helped he and his wife give back to the University and friend they so admired. As Bradshaw was an avid supporter of strong governance in the state, the couple thought a gift to the School of Government would be most appropriate to make in his honor.  

“Judy and I wanted to do something significant during our lives for the University, hence our gift,” Richard Vinroot said. “We also wanted to honor our dear friend Bob Bradshaw, not only because of his and his family’s long friendship, but for Bob’s devotion to ‘good government’ in North Carolina.”  

The School is deeply grateful to the Vinroots for their gift, and thanks them for their continued support of the School’s mission to create good governance across North Carolina. 

About the Bradshaw Professors 

Kara Millonzi is a professor of public law and government at the School and serves as faculty lead of Lead for North Carolina. Her areas of specialty include local government finance law, general county law, and incorporation. 

Willow Jacobson is a professor of public administration and government, the creator and director of the LGFCU Fellows program, and a contributor to the North Carolina Judicial College at the School of Government. Her research interests include leadership, organizational theory and behavior, and strategic human capital management. 

Shea Denning is a professor of public law and government. Her work focuses on motor vehicle law and criminal law and procedure, and she provides teaching and advising to judges, magistrates, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law enforcement. 

Tyler Mulligan is a professor of public law and government and serves as director of the Development Finance Initiative, which he also launched. He counsels state and local government officials and their partners regarding community economic development, affordable housing, public-private partnerships for development, and revitalization efforts.