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

July 2016 through Present

  • Negotiated 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 11,870 from 2016 to 2019;
  • Increased the academic profile for three 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 planning process 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 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 with reopening in January 2020;
  • 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.