RADFORD — Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle has announced plans to retire next year.
The first female president at RU, Kyle will step down on June 30, 2016. The decision was announced and approved at Saturday’s Board of Visitors meeting.
Kyle took the job in 2005 to become RU’s sixth president.
“I am proud to have played a part in the transformation of Radford University since my arrival nearly a decade ago,” said President Kyle in a news release.
The Board of Visitors credited Kyle with her emphasis on advocacy with state government.
As both a Board member and a father of a Radford University alumna, I have witnessed the results of President Kyle’s energy and drive to gain support for RU,” said BOV Rector Michael A. Wray. “Much of Radford University’s achievements under President Kyle can be directly attributed to her tireless efforts to build upon and improve the University’s relationships with the General Assembly and the Commonwealth’s elected leaders.”
The BOV has begun planning for the presidential search process and the establishment of a search committee.
“The Board anticipates a search process that will involve the broader RU community of faculty, staff, students and alumni,” Wray said.
– Staff reports