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Mildred Rigney Johnson

Dylan Lepore | dlepore1@radford.edu

Radford hires a top-level Virginia Tech administrator as the next Dean of Admissions to help fulfill Radford University’s new student enrollment goals as the campus sits at 9,415 enrolled students.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Johnson to the Radford University family. She brings an extensive wealth of knowledge of admissions, as well as stellar credentials,” Radford University President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. “A proud alumna of Radford University, Ms. Johnson was a leading contributor to the growth of nearly 30 percent at Virginia Tech. Here at Radford, Ms. Johnson will advance our goal of becoming an innovative, premier university within the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, with a focus on teaching, research, and service.”

Johnson played a crucial role in growing student enrollment by 7,000 students during her tenure (which started in 1995) as Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech.

Aiming for the goal of 10,000 enrolled students Johnson more specifically will be the chief admissions officer who helps provide strategic direction and guidance, and in collaboration with campus partners who work to fulfill Radford University’s new student enrollment goals.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as Radford’s Dean of Admissions and to return to the Radford family,” Johnson said. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty, students and staff who make this university so special and building upon the solid foundation supporting recruitment efforts.”

Previously, Johnson served in a mixture of crucial roles, including Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech; Assistant Director of Academic Advising at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Associate Director of Admissions at Longwood University; Associate Director of Admissions at Gardner-Webb University; and not to mention a Director of the National Bank of Blacksburg of National Bankshares as well.

While not being a stranger to the Radford area by any means Johnson earned her M.S. in counseling and student development from Radford University in 1981 and her B.A. in psychology from Averett College.

Currently, her annual salary at Tech is $142,463. Once beginning her new position at Radford, she will make $142,000, according to Radford University spokeswoman Sherry Wallace.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as Radford’s Dean of Admissions and to return to the Radford family,” Johnson said. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty, students and staff who make this university so special and building upon the solid foundation supporting recruitment efforts.”

“Ms. Johnson is going to be a valuable member of our team in our mission to serve the Radford University family,” said Kitty McCarthy, vice president for Enrollment Management. “I am confident that her passion for Radford combined with her skills and proven success in relationship building, particularly throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, will serve us well in making more prospective students and their families aware of the tremendous opportunities available at Radford University.” Johnson will start her job as dean of admissions here at Radford starting the first of the year.

A majority of information for this article was from (Mildred Rigney Johnson named to be the next dean of Admissions) a piece written by Sherry Wallace, a public relations writer for Radford.

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