Radford University celebrating investiture of new president

RADFORD, Va. (AP) Virginia's Radford University is celebrating the investiture of a new president.

The university is installing Brian O. Hemphill as Radford University's seventh president during a ceremony Thursday. The school has over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

WDBJ7's Eamon O'Meara will be at the event and will have more coverage Thursday night.

Hemphill took over in July and previously served as the president of West Virginia State University.

Hemphill has a degree in organizational communication from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy studies from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Hemphill succeeded Penelope W. Kyle, who retired after 11 years as the university's president.