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Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., became Radford University’s seventh president in July 2016. President Hemphill faithfully represents Radford University on the national scale with active involvement in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, including the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Presidential Forum.

His road to Radford University has taken him from the University of Arkansas–Fayetteville, where he served as associate vice chancellor and dean of students, to Northern Illinois University, where he served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and associate professor for eight years; to West Virginia State University, where he served as the tenth president and professor for four years.

Hemphill earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy studies from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication from Saint Augustine’s University.

He is a published author with a multitude of writings covering topics related to gun violence and threat preparedness on college campuses; emerging financial concerns affecting the collegiate sphere; STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); and economic-related issues pertaining to education.

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