Staff bios

Dr. James Penven, Director of Housing and Residential Life

James Penven is the Director for Housing and Residential Life. In this position, Jamie provides overall direction for the on-campus residential experience at Radford University. This includes oversite of the student residential learning experience as well as the housing assignments and facilities. 

Penven holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Higher Education, a master's degree in counseling from Marshall University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Previously, Jamie served as an associate director, assistant director and area coordinator for housing and residence life at Virginia Tech. He also worked at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a residence coordinator.

Jamie is currently a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers, and the Residential College Society.  Additionally, he serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of College and University Student Housing with ACUHO-I 

Amber Mullen, Associate Director of Residential Life
Amber became the Director of Residential Life in 2012. She earned her bachelor's degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Sutherland, Associate Director of Assignments and Technology

Bio coming soon!

Lori Etheridge, Area Director

Lori is the Area Director for Main Quad and the University Operated Apartments, which includes Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Norwood, and Tyler Halls along with the apartments at Calhoun and Davis Streets. Lori earned her bachelor’s degree at Radford University in Criminal Justice and her master’s degree in Counselor Education at Radford University.

Joe Wilder, Area Director
Joe is the Area Director for Muse Quad.  Joe also serves as the advisor for the Residence Hall Association.  Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia Tech in 2008 and his master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech in 2010.     

Amanda Anderson, Area Director
Amanda is the Area Director for Governor’s Quad, which consists of Stuart, Floyd, Peery, and Trinkle Halls. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Brandi McKee, Area Director
Brandi is the Area Director for Moffett Quad which includes Bolling, Draper, Pocahontas, Ingles, and Moffett Halls. Brandi earned her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College and her master’s degree in Counselor Education: Student Affairs Adminstration at Radford University.