About the Foundation Scholarships & Endowments RU Athletic Foundation RU Real Estate Foundation

RU Foundation Staff

John F. Cox, Jr. - Executive Director


Phone: 540-831-6714
Email: jcox7@radford.edu

John joined the Foundation in October of 2010 as the Executive Director. John is a graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and he is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State. Prior to joining the Foundation, John served as the Chief Financial Officer for several non-profit organizations in New York and Massachusetts.

John has more than twenty years of experience in managing the fiscal affairs of non-profit organizations, and he has extensive experience working with donors, especially during his tenure as a VP/CFO at a United Way in upstate New York. John and his wife (Ann Marie) have been visiting the New River Valley for more than fifteen years and are now pleased to call it home. They reside in Riner.

Since joining the Foundation, John has become an active member of the Radford Noon Rotary Club. John also serves as the Radford University representative on the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors.

View the bio for the RU Real Estate Foundation staff.

Dawn M. Nelson-Jenkins - Executive Administrative Assistant


Phone: 540-831-1014
Email: dnelsonjenkin@radford.edu

Dawn joined the Foundation in May of 2010, as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director.  Prior to working for the Foundation, Dawn has worked within the legal field as a Real Estate Paralegal with over 15 years of experience. 

Dawn resides in the City of Radford with her three children and enjoys the balance of both working and raising her family.

Derek R. Neal, CPA- Controller


Phone: 540-831-6573
Email: dneal4@radford.edu

Derek joined the Foundation in September 2014 after eight years working in the public accounting sector. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Concord University.  Derek is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in West Virginia.

During his professional career, Derek worked for a regional public accounting firm servicing clients in a wide array of industries, including financial institutions, manufacturing and non-profit foundations.

Since joing the Foundation Derek has been enjoying a good work-life balance and experiencing the attractions of the New River Valley with his two daughters.

Crystal L. Fortner - Accounting Services Specialist


Phone: 540-831-5525
Email: clfortner@radford.edu

Crystal was born and raised in Galax, Virginia. She moved to Indian Valley in 1997. Crystal has been working for the Foundation since November 2004. She completed her AAS in Accounting from New River Community College in 2002. Crystal thoroughly enjoys her work for a non-profit organization as reputable as the RU Foundation. Additionally, Crystal is a Commissioned Public Notary for the Commonwealth.

Brandon Wayne Walton, Accounting Intern

Foundation Interns-Walton-Brandoncropped

Starting in the summer of 2014, Brandon has been working with the Foundation as our Student Intern.

Brandon transferred into Radford University in the Fall of 2012 from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College after receiving his Associate‚Äôs Degree in Business Administration.  He is currently a senior who is double majoring in Accounting and Finance. Brandon was the Chief Accountant of the Student Management Portfolio Organization (SMIPO) from February 2013 to May 2014. The Radford University Foundation is proud to be the sponsor of the Funds invested by SMIPO.

While at Lancaster, Brandon served as the Vice President of the Student Senate. He also won the prestigious Wilson Cup award while at Lancaster. Brandon has also served as a Junior Deacon at Dunlap Christian Church in Covington.

After graduation Brandon would like to pursue a career in governmental or cost accounting and he would like to become a CPA. In his free time, Brandon likes riding bikes, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his friends, family and his girlfriend Kasey.

The Radford University Foundation has been pleased to have Brandon as our Student intern, and we look forward to continuing the program with another RU student after Brandon graduates. Our intern program allows us to provide valuable work experience to a Radford University Accounting major each year.