2016-2017 Annual Report

Dear Radford Family:

I am pleased to present the 2016-2017 Annual Report of Radford University [PDF], which highlights the collaborative and critical work that has occurred across every level of the campus and the community over the past year. The report reviews the activities, initiatives and programs of the Radford family in the University’s 107th year of service to the Commonwealth and my first year as your President. Each and every day, I am amazed by the strength of the Radford family, its desire to make a difference in the lives of one another and its commitment to our community and beyond.

We must engage the Radford family in its totality in planning and executing a bold and innovative agenda, which positions us for the future."

-President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

In this momentous year, my family and I immersed ourselves in the Highlander culture and way of life from Move-In to Homecoming to Commencement. Indeed, the Radford family, in its wonderful diversity and with its unwavering passion, impressed upon me its collective memories of the past, enduring excitement for the present and hopeful dreams for the future. The University’s foundations of teaching and learning are strong, and its spirit of community and service are evident.

In this edition, you will see how the Radford family is implementing the fundamental principles of excellence, transparency, accountability and student-centeredness in our daily work and collaborative efforts. These principles have guided the campus as we realize an ambitious vision
of transforming Radford into an innovative, premier university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond with a keen focus on teaching, research and service. You will see how brand identity; academic excellence and research; student success; strategic enrollment growth; economic development and community outreach; and philanthropic giving and alumni engagement have come to life over the past year and stand in sharp focus as we strategically and intentionally fulfill Radford University’s promise to our students, the Commonwealth, our nation and the world. As chronicled in this report, the Radford family’s activities and achievements of 2016-2017 reflect a profound commitment to making positive contributions through noteworthy achievements and progress in key areas, as well as extraordinary philanthropic investments to make them possible.  

As we continue into a new academic year, our commitment will continue to grow and our efforts will expand in new and profound ways. Our faculty members and student scholars have reached new levels in terms of discovery and innovation in the classroom and in the laboratory. Our alumni and friends surpassed prior levels of engagement and support. Great generosity has defined this year and fueled Radford University’s success. Nancy E. and  H. Pat Artis have shown us a new level of commitment and generosity. Through their philanthropy, teaching, learning and research will flourish and reach new levels as talented young men and young women achieve the dream of a college degree and a better life for themselves and their families.

As Radford University’s President, it is my distinct honor to express the Radford family’s heartfelt appreciation for your engagement with and investment in our University as we serve a diverse student body and prepare the next generation of outstanding scholars and citizen-leaders. By working together in the months and years to come, there is no limit to what we can achieve as one Radford family!

With Highlander Pride,


Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.