On behalf of the Radford family, I am pleased to present Radford University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan: Embracing the Tradition and Envisioning the Future. The goals identified within this five-year plan reflect the hopes and dreams of Radford University and those it proudly serves, including our students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and friends. The plan will drive each of us in our daily interactions and collaborative efforts to selflessly serve current and future generations of Highlanders.

Dedicated individuals from the campus community and beyond identified the focal areas within the plan as they worked diligently for more than a year to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. When this important work began, I asked individuals to be creative, innovative and responsive to future learners and societal needs. I charged them with engaging in the process, participating in robust discussions, stepping out of their comfort zones and thinking outside the box. I can proudly say that, through the work of a university-wide Task Force and various subgroups, these individuals embraced the tradition and, at the same time, envisioned  our future.

Due to the work of so many, Radford University is poised for limitless opportunity and future success — success that is only possible due to the dedication and passion of individuals who devote themselves to the ideals and mission of our beloved university.  Without question, Radford University has a storied history built upon strong tradition. With the implementation of Embracing the Tradition and Envisioning the Future, there is no limit to what the future holds and what we can achieve together as one Radford family.  

With Highlander Pride,


Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.