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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.


Jennie Teass Allman '67 earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Radford College, now Radford University, with the intention of a long and wonderful career as a teacher. 

Although she taught for only two years, Allman still identifies herself as a teacher and has continued to support her community in roles such as Chairman of the Bedford County School Board.

Allman used her teaching skills to obtain her first job in corporate America as an educational representative with IBM in Roanoke. That position led to a business analyst role as marketing support representative. Then she moved to Dallas, Texas to serve IBM in its marketing department.

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“I chose Radford University,” says JP Beckham ’87, “because of its ideal setting, a lot of friends were already attending, and it was just the right size for me.”

Beckham also heard about RU’s outstanding business school.  “My Radford University education gave me a very solid foundation for understanding the business world, and enabled me to start a successful career upon graduation for a Fortune 100 Company.  RU professors, including my faculty advisor Brack Smith, gave me the confidence to keep working hard and reach for my goals.” Beckham is currently the Director of Risk Management and Compliance at the National Student Clearinghouse.

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And the Emmy Goes to…Alumnus Monte Haught

If you like what you do, so it's said, success will follow. This has certainly been the case for Monte Haught '91.

A hair stylist for TV and movie actors, Haught won the 2014 Emmy award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie for his work on the horror-drama TV series "American Horror Story: Coven." Two years ago, he also won an Emmy award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries and Movie for his work on the TV series "American Horror Story."

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Molly Montgomery ’02 says she found her professional path thanks to Radford University's professors.

She began her accounting career in Washington, D.C.  as an auditor for international nonprofit agencies.  She currently helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams through her firm Ascension Consulting.  “They are all trying to add some value to the world by creating, growing, and building a business.  I help people who have their heart in it, but don’t have the accounting or tax expertise that is needed for a business to thrive.”

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Securing Success as a Pioneer and Entrepreneur in Web security

For someone whose work for nearly 30 years has been with “the most paranoid people in the world,” Matt Donlon ’82 is open and outgoing.

Donlon, who graduated with a double major in criminal justice and political science, and his colleagues and clients in the security industry are charged with protecting valuable data and sensitive information. They must be vigilant for sure and paranoid occasionally.

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