Radford University says thank you during the Celebration of the Radford Society


Some of the University’s most generous donors were honored on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the historic Governor Tyler House during an evening Celebration of the Radford Society. Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill welcomed university supporters to his home to show his appreciation of their dedication to Radford University’s students, colleges and programs.

President Hemphill personally thanked supporters for their dedication and generosity to help students achieve their goal of a Radford University degree.  “As I stand here today, we have raised nearly $10 million in support since July 1, thanks to you. You are meeting many needs and that’s transforming lives. Many of these beneficiaries of your support today will be the benefactors of tomorrow,” said President Hemphill.

Retired faculty member Grace Edwards said she loved the event. “It’s beautiful, everything from the food, environment and the beautiful attire,” said Edwards. She said that giving to the University through scholarship support is a way to show her love for the institution and her appreciation for the students. “I love it! I spent 30 years of my life in the classroom and administrative offices and just love it,” she said. “I appreciate the students and the quality of Radford University’s students. They are so engaged and motivated. It gives me great hope for the future,” said Edwards.

Bill Bondurant and his family are longtime supporters of The Arts at Radford University. Bondurant’s brother, Ken, was a co-founder of the Radford University Arts Society and for whom the auditorium in Preston Hall is named. Bill Bondurant works with the Radford City High School marching band and is a dedicated supporter of Radford University’s music program. Most recently, Bondurant sponsored a trip for Radford University music students to travel to Ireland. He said that he enjoys being connected to the University because it gives so much to the community. “Radford University music students help with the high school marching band in the fall. We currently have five Radford University music majors helping with the high school band and have a great relationship with the music department,” said Bondurant.

Retired nursing professor Sarah Strauss has seen first-hand how scholarship support can make a difference for hardworking students. She said that she supports several scholarships in the School of Nursing because she says she knows that students sometimes struggle financially, and “sometimes students are hungry and can’t pay the light bill.” She said that she provides existing scholarships a boost so that the funds can continue to grow and help even more students.

“This evening is a wonderful way for Radford University to show some of our most loyal supporters how much we appreciate them,” said Interim Vice President for University Advancement Bruce Cunningham. “Through their support, generations of students will have the benefit of learning from our great faculty, participating in study abroad and internships, and preparing for their professional futures. Everyone in this room is truly making a difference for our institution and our students,” said Cunningham.


Apr 13, 2017
Ann H. Brown
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