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Radford University is expanding its reach.

With the absorption of Roanoke’s private Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the creation of the Appalachian Community Outreach Institute in Abingdon, the birth of a multidisciplinary entrepreneurial lab and a re-established Small Business Development Center on campus, as well as growing partnerships with businesses and regional business organizations, Radford is casting a much larger shadow than the former teachers’ college once did.

“I think it’s important as an institution that we’re beginning to think more outward in terms of how we’re serving not only the New River Valley, the Roanoke Valley [and] Southwest Virginia, but how we’re serving the commonwealth,” says Radford University President Brian Hemphill.

“One of the things important to us as we think about the vision for Radford University is becoming a premiere innovative university in the commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, with a focus on teaching, research and service, and to bring that vision to life, to make sure that we are positioning the institution properly and making a difference.”

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