Overview of Accomplishments by the Radford Family Under President Hemphill’s Leadership

July 2016 through Present

  • Negotiated and implemented a comprehensive merger of Jefferson College of Health Sciences into Radford University, with associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral health sciences programs, thereby establishing Radford University Carilion;
  • Conducted a University-wide Retention Summit in order to improve student engagement and success;
  • Launched a five-year strategic plan for 2018-2023, titled, Embracing the Tradition and Envisioning the Future;
  • Conducted the first Budget Summit in order to improve the fiscal health and transparency of the University’s financial position;
  • Implemented a Recruitment Plan;
  • Increased the student body from 9,401 to 10,695 from 2016 to 2020;
  • Increased the academic profile for four consecutive years in nearly three decades;
  • Implemented a Student Success and Retention Plan;
  • Re-envisioned the first-year experience and retention model by establishing the Academic Success Center through the co-location of Academic Advising; New Student and Family Programs; and Student Success and Retention in a dedicated and newly-renovated space;
  • Launched a 10-year master plan for 2020-2030;
  • Announced a partnership to bring a world-class hotel to the City of Radford in close proximity to the main campus through a partnership with the Radford University Foundation, Inc. with continued work to bring the project to reality for occupancy in 2023;
  • Launched IMPACT, a competency-based program targeting the adult student population with a focus on cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence, and special education;
  • Partnered with Northern Virginia Community College to implement a guaranteed transfer agreement;
  • Implemented an accelerated dual degree arrangement with George Mason University’s Scalia Law School, Appalachian College of Pharmacy, and Emory & Henry College;
  • Partnered with Shandong Youth University of Political Science, Jiangsu Second Normal University, and Monash University to implement a 3+1 or 2+2 agreements to grow international students;
  • Launched the Highlander Research Rookies to maximize opportunities for research-based engagement and learning by high-achieving and highly-motivated freshman and sophomore students;
  • Established the Presidential Fellows Program to create opportunities for faculty members to dedicate time, expertise, and passion to a specific project, while fulfilling the University’s mission to serve current and future generations of Highlanders;
  • Launched the Highlander Discovery Institute to bring world-renowned speakers to campus in order to provide the community with opportunities to experience new ideas and ways of thinking, specifically in the areas of teaching, research, and service;
  • Secured $34 million of capital to renovate Reed-Curie Halls as completed and reopened in January 2020;
  • Secured $101 million of capital for demolition of Porterfield and McGuffey Halls and construction of the Center for Adaptive Innovation and Analytics, representing the largest capital project and academic building in the University’s history;
  • Cultivated corporate partnerships at the local, regional, and national levels to provide students with increased scholarship support and experiential learning opportunities;
  • Secured $17.3 million through the Tech Talent Investment Program to produce additional graduates in response to Amazon HQ2 and the growing technology needs across the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Secured a $13.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for competency-based education delivery, representing the largest grant in the history of the University;
  • Increased fundraising from $7.9 million to $10.7 million in 2016-2017, representing a 30% increase, followed by $15.2 million raised in 2017-2018;
  • Secured a $8 million gift to name the Davis College of Business and Economics, representing the largest gift by an individual in the history of the University;
  • Secured a $5 million gift to name the Artis College of Science and Technology, representing the largest gift by an alumna in the history of the University;
  • Acquired $32 million in residential properties, totaling 700 beds, adjacent to Radford University’s main campus to enhance student engagement and success;
  • Increased fiscal support for academic infrastructure of the University (i.e. new faculty lines, travel budgets, research investments, etc.); and
  • Made strategic investments in growth areas to meet economic needs and workforce in the Commonwealth of Virginia.