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Agribusiness leader named to Pacific’s Board of Regents

Aug 25, 2016

A leader and innovator in the Central Valley's top industry has been named to University of the Pacific's Board of Regents.

Bradford "Brad" Gleason, a longtime Central Valley agribusiness executive, is a 1981 alumnus of the Eberhardt School of Business. His three-year term runs until June 2019.

"We are delighted that Brad is joining the board," said Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, chair of the Board of Regents. "Brad's real-world experience in business and his commitment to Pacific will be valuable assets as we continue to make the university stronger and find new ways to serve our students."

Gleason wears many hats as the co-owner and president of both Montage for Ag Inc. and West Hills Farm Services Inc. The businesses tie to a single focus on strategic farm management in the Central Valley - from land acquisition and business formation to finance and bank relations, crop marketing, and water strategies.

Gleason has invested into Montage for Ag Inc. because of his own desire to have a single location to tabulate information to pinpoint trends. The software solution complements Gleason's ownership in West Hills Farm Services Inc. The services provide end-to-end solutions for managing ag-based businesses.

Gleason has been a certified public accountant since 1983, and is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Pistachio Growers, Fresno County Farm Bureau, and also serves as board president of the Pleasant Valley Water District.

Pacific's Board of Regents is entrusted with final responsibility for the quality and integrity of the education provided by the university. It selects the university president, approves the mission of the university, and ensures provision of adequate resources to support that mission. In addition, the board protects the university from external pressures antithetical to academic freedom and to university autonomy or integrity. The board currently has 26 members.

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