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New President shares his vision for Radford University

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) — The Radford University Board of Visitors announced Bret Danilowicz as its eighth chair in December 2021.

“Having known we were going to move in December, but waiting seven months to move is a long, long wait.”

Danilowicz officially started on July 1 and is already getting to work.

“We want to spend more time working on the economic development of the region. So how do we work with our community colleges, with the economic development councils to help bring employers here who can not only support our students when they’re in college and help them with internships, but they can also help keep our graduates in the region to help see economic development.

Building on Radford University’s current strengths is a priority for Danilowicz.

“The university has populated many parts of the state with quality teachers. But what we did was we continued to provide ongoing professional development to these teachers once they became teachers, which helps them succeed in their careers. We will take the history of excellence in nursing education and extend it to health education and work with our partners in some way in the health economic development of the Roanoke area.

We spoke with Radford executives in the spring about declining enrollment. On Thursday, we asked Danilowicz what he thinks will help bring more students to Radford.

“There are students who will want to have the richest classroom experience they can have, those students will come here. We will continue to sell why this is so important to students and I believe over time more and more students will choose to come to Radford because of this experience.

The Radford community has already welcomed Danilowicz with open arms and he has a message for current and former Highlanders.

“I would say be proud and bold with your tartan and red. Celebrate that you are from Radford because it is an incredibly strong institution with a wonderful history and more people need to know about it.

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