William Bradford was the founder of Bradford Court at Providence Preparatory Academy for the Advancement of the Arcane Arts, and is was the first person to hold the responsibilities of Chancellor, although that position was not made official yet.
Bradford was a brilliant autodidact and prodigy astromancer who found himself unsatisfied with magical education in Europe. He graduated from the Hermetic School of Natural Philosophy at the age of fourteen, and left Czocha College after only one year, claiming the Professors had “nothing of interest to teach him.” He soon grew dissatisfied with Europe as a whole, and was one of those to strike out for the New World aboard the Mayflower.
Initially, Bradford had little interest in governance. He was more interested in exploring the New World, and seeing what there was to learn. He brought with him a small group of fellow mages, whose children he taught. However, when disaster began to befall the mundane colony at Plymouth, Bradford found himself drafted into Governorship. He attempted several times to resign his post, but each time, upon seeing the mundanes who might replace him, he chose to stay. Bradford’s disdain for mundane life was outweighed by his impatience with incompetence.
Bradford never technically held the title of Chancellor of P2A4, as the position was not formally established until after his time, but he led the school from its founding until 1646. His focus was always on quality of education and quality of teaching. Bradford was known widely as a harsh and exacting teacher, but one who did not care where his students came from. He was willing to teach Unsoiled students, mundane-born students, as well as learners from the local First Nations groups, as long as any of them could keep up with his lessons.
Bradford stepped back from active leadership of the school in 1646, to focus both on governing the colony and on his writings. In his old age, Bradford wrote dozens of texts on magical history and theory, though most have since been replaced by more modern works. Today, Bradford’s writings are seen by most as a historical artifact, save for by his most ardent followers, who hold them as something close to gospel.