Biography of First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, Ph.D.
Radford University’s First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, Ph.D. is a true champion of education. She is a proponent of providing students with a global experience and interaction with a variety of cultures and languages, which are so important in today’s economy. Additionally, as an avid reader, she has a strong passion for literacy.
Dr. Rosas Hemphill spent her childhood years in Chicago, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. A first-generation college student, she received a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Sociology from Cornell College, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University of Science and Technology and a doctorate in Student Affairs Administration and Research from The University of Iowa.
Dr. Rosas Hemphill’s professional career includes prior appointments as: Director of Student Activities/Associate Director of Campus Life at Colgate University located in Hamilton, New York; Associate Dean of Students at Hartwick College located in Oneonta, New York; and Special Assistant to the Vice President of University Relations at Northern Illinois University located in DeKalb, Illinois. Dr. Rosas Hemphill’s scholarly research has been focused on college student activism, learning outcomes and first-generation college students.
Dr. Rosas Hemphill is married to Radford University’s Seventh President Brian O. Hemphill. Ph.D. The Hemphills have two children—seven-year old twins Catalina and Cruz. The Hemphill family resides in the historic Governor Tyler House and is very active on campus and in the community. The Hemphills enjoy attending a variety of events in support of the Radford family, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community members.