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Radford University is pleased to announce Donna Weaver McCloskey, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Davis College of Business and Economics, effective July 10. McCloskey brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to education, community engagement and student success to her new role.

McCloskey has demonstrated a deep understanding of academia and its practical applications with her distinguished career, including her most recent role as the associate dean of undergraduate programs at Widener University. As a professor of management, she has emphasized the importance of preparing students for the professional world while encouraging them to pursue academic excellence.

Donna Weaver McCloskey
Donna Weaver McCloskey, Ph.D.

“There are so many things that attracted me to this opportunity at the Davis College of Business and Economics at Radford University including the dynamic leadership of President Danilowicz and Provost Usher, the strong commitment to experiential learning, innovative academic programs, student success, community engagement and building strong career outcomes,” McCloskey said. “I am looking forward to joining the warm, collaborative and collegial community.  I'm also looking forward to connecting with our community partners, employers and alumni - near and far!”

Her vision for Davis College resonates with Radford University’s core values. She is passionate about applied learning, focusing on career readiness and the holistic development of each student. Her dedication to diversity and community engagement aligns with the university's mission to nurture active, engaged and ethical citizens.

"We are thrilled to extend a warm Radford University welcome to Dr. McCloskey and her family as she steps into the role of the next dean of our Davis College of Business and Economics," Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Bethany Usher, said. "With her wealth of knowledge and breadth of leadership experience, we anticipate that she will provide invaluable guidance to our Davis College faculty as they nurture and shape students into adept business professionals ready to navigate and succeed in today's dynamic global economy."

McCloskey’s commitment to building strong, collaborative relationships will enrich the academic environment at Radford University. Her emphasis on experiential learning will enhance students' academic journeys and significantly elevate their career outcomes.

McCloskey earned a Ph.D. in business administration from Drexel University, an MBA in finance from Widener University and a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Delaware.