Whitley Davis


Junior, Blacksburg, Virginia
Major: Fashion Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts; minoring in studio art

Whitley Davis has a passion for creating. Radford University has given her the opportunity to harness that creativity while studying both fashion design and studio art in the university's renowned College of Visual and Performing Arts. Recently, the college's Department of Interior Design and Fashion joined Ivy League schools as being ranked one of the best design programs in the nation.

“I was born to create,” Davis says. “That’s why I came to Radford.”

Like so many other students, Davis was drawn to Radford University because of its size. While large enough to offer a fashion design program, it is small enough to offer hands-on attention from faculty.

“I wanted to make sure I didn’t have to attend gigantic classes like they have at some other schools,” she says. “It’s not like that at Radford. I get a lot of personal attention from my professors. The faculty members know all their students very well, and they inspire us to maximize our talents.”

Davis notes that her education allowed her to grow into a more confident design artist and will prepare her to work in the real world.

“I know the value of learning and I want to take my education as far as I can. I believe Radford University helps me do that,” Davis says.

While Davis’s future in fashion holds unlimited creative career opportunities, her ultimate goal is to be the proprietor of her own design company one day.

“I want to make the rules. I know what I want; now I just have to use my Radford education to give me wings,” she says.