Economics + Psychology + Banking = Amazing

Economics has a lot to offer on its own, and becomes even more powerful when paired with another discipline. Lara Ramsey ('90 and '91) graduated from Radford University with degrees in Economics and Psychology. She then went on to work in the banking sector. She is currently the Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer at National Bank. Learn more about Lara's experience in this short video (right).

Economics and Law School: A Stunning Path

Matthew Meadows, Class of 2019

My name is Matthew Meadows and I graduated from Radford University in May 2019 with a degree in Economics. I am currently a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I chose Economics as my major because I am an analytical thinker and I wanted to broaden my understanding of the world around me. Going into college I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and I believe majoring in Economics helped me achieve that goal. The Radford Economics Department taught me how to better understand the world. It taught me how to understand how people interacted with each other, how markets interacted and changed based on human and natural disaster interactions, and how to understand how countries and societies were able to develop based on available resources. A Professor in law school told me one day that law schools give preference to Economics majors because of the analytical thinking and I have the Radford Economics Department to thank for those skills of mine. 


Economics, Banking and Real Estate: Developing Key Assets

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Matt Hubbard (Class of 2006)

Matt Hubbard is a Virginia native with over 15 years in the banking and real estate industries. After obtaining a BBA in Economics from Radford University in 2006, he graduated from the Virginia School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia and received his MBA from The College of William and Mary. Matt is currently the SVP, Regional President for American National Bank & Trust Company, where he oversees the Roanoke, New River Valley, Lynchburg, and Franklin/Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia markets of the bank. In addition, shortly after graduating from Radford University, he started a real estate investment company, where he now owns and manages numerous single and multi-family residential and commercial properties throughout the Roanoke Valley. In 2023, Matt was named one of the Roanoke Valley’s 40 under 40 by the Roanoker Magazine and supports his local community non-profits, having served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Roanoke Valley, Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Grandin Theatre Foundation, and the Blue Ridge Mountains Council/Boy Scouts of America. 




Economics and Corporate Law: Leveraging Experiences

As a former member of the US Marine Corps, Chris Boggs (’18) came to Radford with a unique perspective and set of experiences. He served as a member of Radford’s chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (the international honors society for Economics students) and as president of the Economics Student Association during his time as an Economics major. Chris enhanced his undergraduate experience by completing an internship at the White House in the Information Technology Division. Chris Boggs (’18) graduated summa cum laude from Radford University with a degree in Economics in 2018. He then attended the University of Virginia School of Law where he received a JD in 2021. In 2022, Chris represented clients at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the largest law firm in the world by revenue, in deals that in the aggregate were worth roughly $10 billion. Currently, Chris works at Paul Hastings LLP, a law firm focusing on middle-market private equity mergers and acquisitions.

"I chose Economics because of the high level of reading comprehension and understanding of complex theories required to succeed both in and out the classroom. These were incorporated both in the classroom, such as the Intermediate Microeconomics and Money & Banking classes with Professor Elias, and outside the classroom in the Economics Book Club with Professor Duncan. I read comprehensive and complex corporate acquisition agreements in my practice of law, and my time at Radford set the foundation for my ability to analyze and understand these agreements." - Chris Boggs (Class of 2018)

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