Radford University, located in Radford in the U.S. state of Virginia, is one of the state's eight doctoral-degree granting public universities. Originally founded in 1910, Radford offers comprehensive curricula for undergraduates in more than 100 fields, and graduate programs including the M.F.A., M.B.A. and specialized doctoral programs in health-related professions.
Radford was founded in 1910 as a women's college as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford. In 1924 the school was renamed the State Teachers College at Radford and began an evolution toward a true college. Its primary focus was on training teachers for the rural Appalachian region nearby. In 1943 the college was renamed the Women's Division of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and merged into what is now known as the Virginia Tech which was 15 miles (24 km) away in Blacksburg, Virginia. As the 1960s began, Virginia began to desegregate its gender specific schools, and Virginia Tech began to admit women on its main campus. This led to a separation in 1964 and a renaming as Radford College. Over the next decade, the "finishing school" atmosphere of the college was dismantled. In 1972 the college became a co-ed institution and developed a graduate school. In 1979 Radford College became Radford University. Today, the school is a comprehensive state university. About 45% of the students come from southwestern Virginia, 40% from other parts of Virginia, and 15% from out-of-state. Penelope W. Kyle, J.D., M.B.A., became Radford's sixth president June 1, 2005, after a career in business and state government.
A successful pursuit of educational excellence for new students begins with making the transition from home and high school to the university environment. The university setting brings on new challenges and responsibilities. Radford University's Office of New Student Programs believes that for new students to succeed, efforts by faculty, staff, and upper-class students must be put forth to assist and guide incoming students. Radford University has developed several programs and supportive services to promote its intent for all admitted students to be both challenged and supported in the transition that includes academic, social, and personal growth.
Buddhi K. Athauda - Sri Lanka Ambassador to Netherlands June Atkinson - State Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina Danielle Banks - On Camera Meteorologist, The Weather Channel Frank Beamer - Head football coach, Virginia Tech Christian Benedi - Class of 2007. Radio Personality, Voice Actor, Musician Max Radio of The Carolina's-104.1 WCXL-FM Regan Burns - Actor and Comedian Maria Odulio de Guzman - Lexicographer Nelson Harris - Former mayor of Roanoke, Virginia Randal J. Kirk - Founder of New River Pharmaceuticals, winner of Virginiaï¿½s Outstanding Industrialist of 2008 Phil Leftwich, former professional baseball player, inducted into the RU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Scott Long - Human Rights Activist, a Visiting Fellow in the Human Rights Program of Harvard Law School Dave Mattingly - National Public Radio producer and newscaster Jayma Mays - Actress, stars as Emma Pilsbury in the Fox series Glee John Montgomery - Executive director of the Rams Club at UNC-Chapel Hill Goran Nava - Olympian for Serbia in the 1500 meter run in the 2008 Olympics Barry Ratcliffe - Actor, "Nashville", "Army Wives", "Person of Interest", "House of Cards", "The Wish List", "White Collar", "The Witches of Oz", and other film projects Steve Robinson - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Assistant Coach Martin Sayer - Member of the Hong Kong Davis Cup team, former RU tennis player, 4 time Big South Player of the Year Marty Smith - ESPN NASCAR Analyst Ryan Speier - Pitcher, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Diane Stupar-Hughes - Co-host of the Elliot in the Morning radio show, heard on WWDC (FM) DC 101 Dante Washington - TV Soccer Color Analyst for the Columbus Crew of MLS, first team All-American in 1991, played for the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics Games
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