Welcome to Radford University

On behalf of the Highlander family, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Radford University! It is both an honor and privilege to serve as the seventh president of Radford University, an educational institution that has served the New River Valley, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation for more than 100 years.

Following Radford’s founding in 1910, our students have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best faculty in their respective fields. That tradition stands true today as Radford professors provide students with limitless opportunities to grow and flourish into professionals who make great discoveries and build a stronger foundation for our society. Without question, Radford University is where students find their academic passion and set a course for their professional lives.

Whether you are a first-time visitor, a prospective student or family member of one, or a member of the local community, your interest in Radford University is greatly appreciated. At Radford, we are fully committed to the fundamental principles of excellence, accountability, transparency and student-centeredness. As such, I greatly value any and all feedback for improving our university and better serving the communities in which we all live, learn and work.

Thank you for visiting us online. We welcome your engagement and support as we transform Radford University into an innovative, premier university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond with a keen focus on teaching, research and service.


Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.