Hemphill Leaves Radford for ODU

President Hemphill is succeeding John Broderick, ODU’s current and longest-serving president, after his retirement.

Photo by Katie Moum: A national search for President Hemphill's permanent replacement will begin in the fall.

By Kylee Walling | kewalling@radford.edu

President Brian O. Hemphill, Radford university’s seventh president, is scheduled to leave Radford University to become Old Dominion University’s (ODU) ninth president starting Fall 2021.

President Hemphill is succeeding John Broderick, ODU’s current and longest-serving president, after his retirement.

Radford University students were notified of President Hemphill’s position last month. In his email to students, he mentioned valuable accomplishments from his tenure, notable groups he felt encouraged him, and his intentions to still be dedicated to Radford University until late June.

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]In his email to students, he mentioned valuable accomplishments from his tenure, notable groups he felt encouraged him, and his intentions to still be dedicated to Radford University until late June.[/epq-quote]

In President Hemphill’s personal message to students, he said, “Please know that the decision to leave Radford University was not made lightly. I am forever indebted to the Radford family and Southwest Virginia for an amazing journey since my family’s arrival in 2016.”

Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab, Radford University Carilion (RUC), the Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity, the Highlander Distinction Program, and the Academic Success Center were some of the programs President Hemphill noted in his personal message. He said these were projects that created a “world-class learning environment for all Highlanders.”

In the message from Radford University, Board of Visitors Rector Robert A. Archer, Nancy E. Artis ’73 and H. Pat Artis, Ph.D. (namesakes of the Artis College of Science and Technology), Clemson University President James P. Clements, Ph.D., Luke Torian (Virginia House of Delegates and Chair of the Appropriations Committee), and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Ph.D. all shared their thoughts on President Hemphill’s decision to leave Radford University for ODU.

[epq-quote align=”align-right”]He said these were projects that created a “world-class learning environment for all Highlanders.”[/epq-quote]

Also in Radford Univeristy’s message, Radford University’s Interim President was announced. Carolyn Ringer Lepre, Ph.D. is expected to hold the presidency starting July 1, 2021. A national search for President Hemphill’s permanent replacement will begin in the fall.

“I am confident that the campus community will continue to have a strong voice in the continued progress and future direction of this great institution. I look forward to hearing about the amazing work and lasting impact that will continue at Radford!” said President Hemphill.

“The Board, in accordance with its duties and responsibilities, remains overly committed to continuing the great progress under the leadership of President Hemphill and his team. We are confident that Dr. Lepre is the right person for this important work,” said Archer in Radford University’s message.

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]President Hemphill spoke just as highly of his experience at Radford University.[/epq-quote]

According to an article on ODU’s school website written by Philip Walzer, President Hemphill stated, “It is both an honor and privilege to be selected as the ninth president of Old Dominion University, a dynamic public research institution that has proudly served the Hampton Roads region and positively impacted the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

President Hemphill spoke just as highly of his experience at Radford University.

“Since my arrival at Radford University on July 1, 2016, I have witnessed first-hand the responsive and resilient nature of the Highlander spirit and the caring and compassionate nature of the Radford family,” said President Hemphill in his personal message.

As President Broderick retires and President Hemphill takes his place, President Hemphill will have to dedicate himself to the campus and community before classes begin.

[epq-quote align=”align-right”]President Hemphill has reiterated his support and dedication to Radford University and the Radford family in all these messages. He intends to be just as dedicated to ODU.[/epq-quote]

“Once I arrive on campus, I will engage in a very robust listening and learning tour with academic and service units, as well as business and community leaders,” said President Hemphill. “This level of engagement will provide a unique opportunity for me to assess both the challenges and opportunities before the institution. As I did at Radford, I pledge to serve with pride and distinction with a strong focus on creating new opportunities and furthering existing opportunities for students and the broader community.”

President Hemphill has reiterated his support and dedication to Radford University and the Radford family in all these messages. He intends to be just as dedicated to ODU.

“I could not be more proud of the Radford family!”

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