2019-2020 Annual Report

The 2019-2020 Annual Report will be released in conjunction with the annual State of the Univeristy address, which will be shared on the morning of Friday, November 13, 2020.  At that time, printed copies will be mailed to dedicated members of the Radford family.  Additionally, a digital copy will be available here.

Dear Radford Family:

I am pleased to share the 2019-2020 Annual Report for Radford University [PDF]. Without question, it was a defining year for our great institution. With our storied history and proud tradition as a strong university, together, we took a bold and significant step forward to expand our academic offerings and campus community in profound ways through the merger with Jefferson College of Health Sciences and the establishment of Radford University Carilion (RUC).

Following a multi-year process, an enhanced partnership with Carilion Clinic and the incredible work of RUC students, faculty and staff, our vision is becoming a reality. In the first year of operation, RUC has welcomed new students, celebrated the inaugural class of Highlander graduates, enhanced synergies with the main campus, expanded existing partnerships and established new partnerships. Building upon the first year of great momentum, our health sciences enterprise will continue to grow as we move forward together.

During times of significant achievement, and even in times of great uncertainty, we do not lose sight of our purpose, and we do not waver in our commitment. This is what defines members of the Radford family and sets us apart from others."

President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

In addition to highlighting the banner year at RUC, the 2019-2020 Annual Report features recent progress in the focal areas of the Radford University 2018-2023 Strategic Plan: “Embracing the Tradition and Envisioning the Future,” including:

  • Student Success;
  • Academic Excellence and Research;
  • Strategic Enrollment Growth;
  • Brand Identity;
  • Philanthropic Giving and Alumni Engagement; and
  • Economic Development and Community Partnerships.

Featured within the pages of this year’s annual report are the inspiring stories of Highlander students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as our initiatives, outreach and programs. As an institution focused on teaching, research and service, it is our mission to empower students from diverse backgrounds by providing transformative educational experiences, from the undergraduate to the doctoral level, both within and beyond the classroom.

Each and every day, we are fulfilling our mission and advancing our region. That work would not be possible without our world-class faculty and dedicated staff, who work diligently to provide unique opportunities for our talented students as they explore their passions and fulfill their role as thought leaders and change makers. Additionally, our proud alumni are making their mark on the Commonwealth of Virginia, our nation and the world!

For more than a century, Radford University has been making a substantial difference. With continued progress on the goals and objectives contained within our five-year strategic plan, Highlanders are making an unbelievable impact both near and far. This is evident when reviewing the featured highlights of the 2019-2020 academic year. Our most recent success has come at a difficult time for our campus, our community and our country.

The COVID-19 global health pandemic changed every facet of our society, and our institution was no different. While transitioning from in-person to online delivery near the mid-point of the Spring 2020 semester, the Radford family demonstrated a tremendous amount of adaptability and versatility. As Radford students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, we remained committed and strong.

During times of significant achievement, and even in times of great uncertainty, we do not lose sight of our purpose, and we do not waver in our commitment. Highlanders are known for pushing through fear and frustration to pursue their hopes and dreams, while creating a better future for themselves, their families and the communities in which they live, learn and work. This is what defines members of the Radford family and sets us apart from others.

Our resiliency sustains us, and our responsiveness empowers us. As Highlanders, we are achievers, and we are dreamers. With a clear focus on our shared purpose, as one Radford family, we must continue to celebrate the excellence and success of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Without question, we are proud of our past and excited for our future!

With Highlander Pride,


Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.