Staff Spotlight: Page Bradford, Administrative Aide, FOHR
One of the familiar friendly faces at the front desk belongs to Page Bradford, an administrative aide on the Fiscal Operations & Human Resources team. Page grew up in Warrensville Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Central State University (Ohio) with a BA in marketing. He moved to New York after college, where his first job was as a sales representative for a wholesale costume jewelry manufacturer that sold to major retailers. "I later pursued freelance jewelry design and created my own line of T-shirts that sold at Bloomingdales, Patricia Field, and several boutiques and flea markets." It was during this time that Page had the opportunity to join the Wagner staff. "September 11, 2010, marked my 15-year anniversary at Wagner."
Please describe your job function.
My work responsibilities include various functions related to facilities management, such as space allocations, front desk, mail room, copy centers and general operations that support the onboarding and exiting of personnel. Examples of my assignments are telephone set-up, office repair resolution and the installation of baby-changing tables. I have also been a member of the Gallery Committee, which produces our galley openings, since 2005.
What is the best part about working at Wagner?
The best part is that I truly enjoy being a part of the Wagner family. I work with a great a group of colleagues and the ever-changing student population always keeps things interesting.
What is a satisfying aspect of your job?
I enjoy being able to provide a high level of customer service to students, staff, faculty, vendors, visitors and VIP guests. I have had the good fortune to meet and welcome Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor David Dinkins, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.
I have also taken a wide variety of classes at NYU, which has provided me great opportunities to further my education. I'm currently enrolled in the facilities management certificate program at SCPS, and have taken courses in jewelry design and in starting a business. I also received my certification in hotel operations.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is managing the broad range of diverse tasks that I face on a daily basis. The ability to think quickly, to solve problems and to multitask are significant to front desk operations.
What is the most common question you are asked by students, staff and faculty?
Can something be done about the air conditioner?
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
I played trumpet in the high school marching band.
Tell us about your craft: jewelry making.
I design unique handcrafted costume jewels and accessories, such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key chains and bookmarks. I use a mixture of semi-precious stones, beads, metal, wood, glass, crystals, rhinestones, charms, leather, chain and wire-wrapping. Dean Schall was one of my first customers at Wagner; about 15 years ago, she bought a necklace for Rose Anderson as a Christmas gift. Rose still wears that necklace.
One of the biggest compliments I've ever received was when a coworker's 90-year-old grandmother had her ears pierced because she fell in love with a pair of earrings I designed!
A portion of all my jewelry sales is donated to Housing Works. I'm currently selling charms for Haiti, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Haiti Relief Fund. You can see my work at www.pagebradford.org
What do you do on weekends?
I really enjoy being able to sleep late! I also like movies, taking walks in the park, dining out and, most recently, doing renovations in my condo.
If you could meet one famous person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
George Washington Carver derived 300 products from peanuts and 118 products from sweet potatoes. He could teach us all a thing or two about going green!