Selection of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Feb. 21, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

During the Fall 2016 semester, I announced the formation of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee to identify candidates to fill the University's top academic leadership position. As a result of their tireless efforts and strong collaboration throughout the search process and valuable input from the campus community as part of last week's campus visits, I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Graham E. Glynn as Radford University's next provost, effective July 1, 2017, following the retirement of Dr. Joseph P. Scartelli, the University's current interim provost, who has notably served the University and the community for nearly four decades.

Dr. Glynn brings to Radford University a wealth of knowledge, experience and academic credentials that will help guide our students and work with our talented faculty toward our goal of becoming an innovative, premier university within the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, with a focus on teaching, research and service.

Dr. Glynn has an extensive and impressive resume of teaching and academic affairs leadership experiences. Currently, he serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. There, he is responsible for the leadership of five colleges, the university library and numerous other offices, including Internationalization and Global Partnerships, Academic Programs and Student Success, and Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement.

Dr. Glynn's previous positions include vice provost and executive dean of College-Wide Programs and professor of Health Sciences at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY; assistant provost and executive director of Teaching, Learning and Technology and associate professor in Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY; director of the Royer Center for Learning and Academic Technologies, Penn State University, State College, PA; visiting professor at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK; associate professor and director of the office of Information Technology and Learning, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, NE; and assistant professor of pharmacology, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Big Rapids, MI.

He earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northeast Ohio Medical University/Kent State University, Rootstown, Ohio and a B.S. in pharmacology and biochemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Upon being notified of his selection, Dr. Glynn said, "I am honored and very excited to have been selected as the next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Radford University. I would like to thank the community for the wonderful reception and hospitality I received during the interview process. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and, standing on the shoulders of those who came before me, working with a great team to move this wonderful institution forward during an exciting time at the University."

Several members of the Search Committee and Radford family have shared with me their thoughts regarding Dr. Glynn and the selection process, including:

Carter Turner, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, president of the Faculty Senate, faculty representative to the Board of Visitors and member of the Search Committee: "On behalf of the Faculty Senate, I congratulate Dr. Glynn for being named Radford University's next provost, and welcome him to our community. The faculty look forward to working with him as we continue to find ways to better serve our students and the Commonwealth. Dr. Glynn's vast experience and wealth of knowledge will serve the University well as we move further into the 21st Century."

Mike Chatham, associate professor of accounting and attendee of the campus forums with the finalists: "As a faculty member, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to see and hear the provost candidates. While they all possessed unique talents, Dr. Glynn stood out for me as someone who has the ability to best lead the Academic Affairs division successfully, particularly in light of the budgetary and strategic uncertainty Radford University and many similar public institutions face. He struck me as someone who would use a combination of hard data, soft data and intuition to make decisions in an effective and transparent manner. I greatly look forward to working with him."

Kenna Colley, dean of the College of Education and Human Development and member of the Search Committee: "Dr. Glynn has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a visionary who loves the traditions in higher education, yet has experience pairing the strong foundation of a teaching university with new, transformative programs. As a first generation student himself, he understands the need for teaching excellence, is a strong faculty advocate and is driven by the success of students. I was enthused when he talked about collaboration and interdisciplinary possibilities, supporting our campus's diversity and shared governance. I believe he is a true champion for both faculty and students."

Orion Rogers, dean of the College of Science and Technology and chair of the Search Committee: "Dr. Glynn is an energetic scholar who has a passion for academics, teaching, student success and research. We are confident his extensive experiences in a number of higher education settings will serve Radford University and our students well."

Please join me in thanking all of the members of the Search Committee. As I have shared on numerous occasions, I believe that shared governance is essential as we move forward in collaboratively addressing both the challenges and opportunities that face our institution. The dedication and commitment exhibited by the Committee are to be acknowledged. The Committee, chaired by Dean Orion Rogers, was comprised of a diverse group of student, faculty, staff, administrative and alumni representatives, who were diligent in seeking essential input and thoughtful feedback throughout the search process. To each member of the Committee, again, thank you for your contribution in this process and service to our University.

Furthermore, please join me in welcoming Dr. Glynn and his family as they will become a part of the Radford family. Like you, I look forward to collaborating with him in our joint mission to serve all of our students and in our quest to discover new knowledge, as together we embrace Radford's tradition and envision our future.

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.