Trustees: Bradley T. Sheares
B.S., Fisk University
Ph.D., Purdue University
National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow
Lucille P. Markey Scholar at the Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2004
Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee
City of Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Bradley Sheares has more than 20 years of experience in science, business and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sheares most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company with integrated sales, marketing and development expertise that marketed a portfolio of branded cardiovascular pharmaceutical products. There, he assembled a seasoned executive management team, restructured the company’s debt, developed a comprehensive strategic business plan, and successfully executed the sale of Reliant to GlaxoSmithKline for $1.67 billion in 2007. Prior to joining Reliant, Dr. Sheares had a 19-year career at Merck & Co. Inc., starting as a Research Fellow and holding numerous positions including President, U.S. Human Health. In addition to his significant commercial responsibilities, during his tenure as President, U.S. Human Health, he was a member of Merck’s Management Committee, which was responsible for formulating global business strategies, operations management and the development and implementation of corporate policies.
Dr. Sheares has been featured in Fortune magazine’s Meet Corporate America’s Next Generation of Leaders and Most Powerful Black Executives list. He serves on the Board of Directors of Honeywell, Progressive, Covance and Henry Schein. Dr. Sheares is a member of the Science Advisory Council of Montclair State University and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Thoughts on why he chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: I joined the Spelman Board of Trustees because I have a soft spot in my heart for HBCUs. I am a big believer in the role/mission they play in educating students. I am also very inspired and motivated by President Beverly Tatum’s leadership and vision for the College.