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Alumni Spotlight

Learn more about Radford University alumni - where they are now, what they are accomplishing, and why their connection to Radford University is important to them.


“When I first applied to Radford University, for an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice (CJ), I was not successful, but I did not give up.  I was encouraged to reapply by my friend’s father.  Subsequently, I tried again and was accepted!”

“I embraced all of the opportunities Radford University had to offer.  As an undergraduate, I was involved in Residential Life as a Resident Assistant and was involved in the ‘Quest’ program during the summer.  These experiences helped me figure out who I was and where my strengths were,” says Rick Walker ’87, M.S. ‘89.

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By starting Professional GFX, a web development and graphic design business and running The Gear House, Chris Pund ’08 is not shy about being an entrepreneur.

“My parents owned their own business, so I grew up around a business mindset.  Naturally, I knew that was what I wanted.  In high school I started a web development business and built websites for clients.  While at Radford University, Campus Recreation hired me to build and run its website,” says Pund.

After graduation, Northrup Grumman hired Pund as a cost volume and strategy analyst.

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“Radford had a great appeal to me because it was an all-women’s college, and I was very shy and not sure of my capabilities,” says Betty Mitchell Nelson ’57 former Dean of Students Emerita at Purdue University. 

Nelson was recently honored with the distinguished lifetime membership award by the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.  These awards are presented to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their professional lives.

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Alumnus Stephan Cassaday ’76 included in Barron’s Top 100 Ranking

Radford University alumnus Stephan Cassaday ’76, president of Cassaday and Company, Inc., was recently listed as the top independent financial advisor in Virginia and 34th in the nation on Barron’s magazine “2014 Top Independent Financial Advisors” list.

Barron’s has ranked independent advisors since 2007 and Cassaday has been included on the list each year.   Criteria used to rank the firm includes the advisor’s assets under management, quality of the practice, and the revenue that the advisor generates for their firm.

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Marketing graduate Bob Marshall ’01 is always on the go and one to take a chance. 

He began his college career at RU in 1988, then left to create an advertising company in Hawaii.  “Between my junior and senior year at Radford, I decided to take a two week vacation in Hawaii, and it turned into me leaving there for 10 years.  Then, I decided that I needed to complete my degree at RU,” says Marshall.

He said he came back older, at age 32, and determined not to fail.  “I met James Lollar during my first day back.  I spent a lot of time with him, and he told me that if ‘you put in the time, you’ll do great,’” says Marshall. His favorite class was Lollar’s professional selling course. 

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