Troy Thomas


Junior from Gloucester, Virginia
Major: Criminal Justice in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Campus Involvement: Highlander guide for the Office of Admissions and Quest Assistant for New Student Programs

Troy Thomas was just an imaginative child playing “cops and robbers” with his friends when he first discovered the field of criminal justice, though he wouldn’t have called it that at the time.

It wasn’t until he was a junior in high school when a friend mentioned Radford University and its well-known criminal justice program that he realized he could have a career in the field. He began doing his own research and discovered Radford had everything he wanted in an institution.

“Radford University wasn’t the only university I applied to, but it was the only one that made me feel at home,” he said. “Radford had everything I wanted. It has a small campus feel with a lot of pride among the students. It also has a ton of student activities. There’s always something taking place on campus.”

Thomas, who naturally enjoys helping others, was also drawn to Radford University because of the opportunities to get involved in welcoming new Highlanders to campus.  He serves as an admissions tour guide and also serves as a new student orientation Quest Assistant, creating an inviting experience for new students and their parents to Radford University.

With dreams of becoming an FBI agent or U.S. Marshals, Thomas also has aspirations to one day pursue a master’s degree in political science to advance his federal law enforcement career.