History- The Radford High School Foundation, Inc. was formed as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1986 for the purpose of supporting and enhancing Radford’s already successful school system. The foundation began as primarily an academic supporter, but has been able to further major athletic facility initiatives by acting as liaison in public/private projects. The foundation has also donated more than $717,000 in classroom grants and scholarships to all four of the city schools.
Major Athletic Contributions to Radford- The Radford High School Foundation, Inc. has created several project funds which support athletic programs in the school system. In addition, the foundation served as liaison in a major public/private effort to deliver the James P King Center on the RHS Campus in 1999, a $1.2 million design/build strength and fitness facility. In 2003, the foundation spearheaded the drive to construct the Radford Municipal Baseball Field near the Recreation Center on George Street. Phase one of the public/private project continues with the foundation having raised over $600,000.
Long Term Vision- While the Radford High School Foundation, Inc. recognizes the importance of academic programs and teaching excellence, we take the position that quality schools and athletic facilities are vitally important to the educational curriculum, and are equally important in promoting quality of life for young and old alike in the community. We believe that top quality facilities bring visitors (tourism) to our community, which in turn is positive for business and the local economy.
Challenges Related to Recreation Facilities- The development of the Radford Recreation Center was perhaps the top recreational enhancement for all citizens since Bisset Park was developed in the 1970’s. The lack of available land within the city limit for new facilities makes strategic planning a must for top quality recreational facilities for both the schools and the local citizens.
Partnering- Radford High School Foundation, Inc. has been successful in working with local government officials, city staff, school administrators, alumni and friends of the Radford City School system in advancing the athletic facility improvements mentioned above. The foundation has been able to advance programs/projects with the financial support of the RHS Booster Club and various civic and community groups. The private sector has been especially supportive with financial contributions, which we believe shows strong endorsement for both academic excellence and quality athletic facilities.
George A. Williams, Jr. Chairman
The Future of Education Starts Here
RADFORD HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION, INC.
Officers and Directors 2021-2022
Chairman – George A. Williams, Jr.
Abie Williams is one of the founding members of the Radford High School Foundation, Inc. serving as its Chairman since 1986. Williams was a 1972 graduate of RHS, received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech (’76), and has continued to live and work in Radford for his entire career. He is a financial advisor, and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President Investments and Branch Manager in the Radford, VA branch office of Stifel Nicolaus, a New York Stock Exchange member firm. Williams has been active in the community, having served as Chairman of the Radford Industrial Development Authority and Chairman of the Radford University Athletic Foundation. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees at Carolina University in Winston Salem, NC. Abie was elected to the Radford High School Hall of Fame in 2017. He and his wife Debbie are parents of three children, all graduates of RHS Abram (’07), Alden (’07), and Harrison (’11).
Vice Chairman – John W. L. Craig, II
A 1973 graduate of Radford High School, Chip went on to receive degrees in Political Science and History at Virginia Tech and his Juris Doctor from Mercer University. After practicing law locally with the firm of Jenkins, Quigley, and Craig, he accepted an appointment with the Justice Department. He was then named as the Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. He retired from federal service in 2019. He is a former Chairman of the Radford City School Board and Past President of the Virginia School Boards Association. In addition Chip is the past Chairman of The Blue Ridge Regional Education and Training Council; a former member of the State Board of Education Standards Oversight Committee, the State Gifted Education Advisory Committee, and the Joint House/Senate Advisory Committee on Vocational Education. Chip is happily married to Ann Kenny Craig and they have 2 children: Stephanie, RHS class of 2009 and John, RHS class of 2011.
Treasurer – Amanda J. Martin
Mandy Martin has served on the board of the Radford High School Foundation since its inception in 1986. She is a graduate of Radford High School (1974) and Virginia Tech (1978) with a degree in Education.
Her mother, Dottie Martin, was a long time History teacher at RHS.
Mandy worked with her brother, Kim (class of 1972) in their family automobile business for 37 years. Active in the community, Mandy has been a board member of the Radford Chamber of Commerce, the Radford Arts and Events Commission and serves on the Radford Recreation Commission.
Secretary – Ruth Clark
Director – Palma M. Clark
Palma Clark is a retired teacher having taught in Radford City Schools for 33 years. Although Palma is not a Radford native, she has made Radford her home for more than 45 years earning her B.S. and M.S. from Radford College in 1973 and 1977 and teaching over the course of her career at every school in the district. In college she did her student teaching at Kuhn Barnett Elementary School. After graduating she began her teaching career at Belle Heth Elementary School as a reading teacher. She then went on to teach reading at McHarg Elementary School and Radford High School and went on to teach both reading and English at John N. Dalton Intermediate School. Palma is married to Frank Clark, a 1969 graduate of Radford High School. They have two sons Timothy, a 1996 RHS graduate, and J, a 2010 RHS graduate.
Director – Dr. Michael V. Wright
A native of Fries, Dr. Wright has lived most of his life in the City of Radford. He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees at the University of Virginia. In Dr. Wright’s 36 years in education in school systems in southwest, central, and Tidewater Virginia, he has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director of instruction. He served as assistant superintendent of the Radford City Schools for seven and one-half years and then as superintendent for seventeen and one-half years. Dr. Wright was chairman of the Southwest Educators’ Group for health insurance and chairman of the Virginia Municipal Group Self-Insurance Association advisory board. He also represented the school superintendents of Region 7 on the Executive Committee of the Virginia High School League. He retired in 2005. Dr. Wright and his wife Anita’s three daughters- Lee, Caroline, and Loren-are all graduates of Radford High School, as is their grandson Drew Cox. Dr. Wright was present at the creation of the Radford High School Foundation and is a charter member of the Board of Directors.
Director – Rob Graham
Rob is the first and only graduate of the Radford City School System to also be named superintendent of this outstanding and prestigious school division! He earned his B.S. from Emory and Henry, M.S. from George Mason University, Ed.S from the University of Virginia, and currently is working on his Ed.D. at East Tennessee State University. In 2006 Rob returned to work in his hometown, serving as principal of McHarg Elementary School before moving to Central Office as Assistant Superintendent from 2010-2015. He is excited and thrilled to be the superintendent of Radford City Schools and is grateful for the support he has received from the Board, faculty and staff, Radford community, and his family. Rob and his wife, Kristine McBride Graham, have three daughters – Logan 17, Sophie 14, and Madison 11, all Bobcats who enjoy various extra-curricular activities.
Director – Beverly M. Davis
Bev Davis is a 1984 graduate of Radford High School, and went on to graduate from Hamden-Sydney College and T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He has practiced law for over two decades at the family firm of Davis, Davis and Davis Attorneys alongside his father, brother and most recently his niece. Bev has dedicated himself to the community by serving in a variety of aspects over the years, most notably as a coach and mentor to hundreds of young students. He has coached little league football, baseball and basketball for dozens of teams; spent many years as an AAU basketball coach; served as assistant to his own Coach Norm Lineburg for his final year on the gridiron; and has assisted Rick Cormany’s RHS basketball program as a J.V. assistant coach since 2009, including the last three RHS State Championship teams. Bev and his wife, Angela, have two children: Avery, RHS Class of 2015, and B, RHS Class of 2019.
Director – John D. Semones
John Semones is one of the founding members of the Radford High School Foundation, Inc. John graduated from Radford High School in 1960, received a B.S. degree from Hampden Sydney College in 1964, and his D.D.S. degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1968. Following graduation John served in the United States Navy for two years and then returned to Radford where he practiced dentistry for 43 years.
The Semones family are all graduates of RHS: wife, Mary Ann (’60), daughter Lara (’88), and son, John David (’91)
Director – Albert S. Mah
A lifelong resident of the city, Albert is a 1980 graduate of Radford High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Radford University. A career employee of Radford University, he has served in numerous roles in the University’s Development and Advancement Division. He served as the Executive Director of the Radford University Foundation, Inc. and the Radford University Real Estate Foundation, Inc. from 2009 through 2011. He retired in 2021 as University’s Director of Contract Administration and Supplier Diversity. In the past, Albert has served on various community and non-profit boards, including serving as President of the Radford Childcare Center, Inc. and Treasurer of the Radford Heritage Foundation. He currently serves as a Board member and former Chairman of the Radford Economic Development Authority, as a Board member of the Radford University Athletic Annual Giving Board, and Financial Advisor for the Alpha Theta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma at Radford University. He and his wife Rhonda are parents of two children that both graduated from RHS, Andrew (’14) and Stephen (’16).
Director – Jeff Caldwell
Jeff grew up in the Radford community and graduated Radford High School in 1988. He attended New River Community College and the University of Tennessee studying Architecture. Jeff is active in the community as a business owner of NRVShipping, Nesselrod on the New, and Partner in Spectrum Therapeutic Services with his wife Anna who provides specialty services for Autistic children in Southwest Virginia. Jeff is also the Executive Director of The Friends of Claytor Lake, a 501(c)3 environmental non-profit. Jeff is married to Anna Caldwell and together have 5 children who have and do attend the Radford school system.
Director – Jeff Smith
Director – Nikki S. Cumberland
Nicole “Nikki” Sydnor Cumberland
Nikki Cumberland graduated from Radford High School in 2006. She went on to play basketball at Bridgewater College where she graduated with degrees in Economics and Business Administration. Nikki then went on to Samford University – Cumberland School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. After law school, Nikki returned to Radford to practice law at Davis, Davis & Davis Attorneys with her grandfather and uncles. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the Montgomery County-Radford Bar Association. She currently serves in Pulaski County as a prosecutor. In addition, she serves as a Radford representative on the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority. The daughter of Bill and Deb Sydnor, Nikki has a younger sister, Maryah, and is married to Jeff Cumberland. They are raising their young family in Radford Va.
Director – Eli Mullins
Eli Mullins is a 2012 graduate of Radford High school, and has lived in Radford his entire life. After high school, he attended New River Community College for two semesters, followed by a year at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated from in 2014 with an Associates of Applied Science. Eli became a licenced funeral director in May of 2015, and became a second generation funeral director. He works with for his parents, Darrell and Michelle Mullins, at Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory here in Radford. Eli is a proud member of the Virginia May No. 38 Masonic Lodge of Radford, as well as the National Funeral Directors Association.
Advisory Board Members:
Samuel Harrison Williams
Harrison Williams is a 2011 graduate of Radford High School, and a 2015 graduate of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, VA where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business with a concentration in financial management. He also attained a minor in leadership studies. Harrison has now returned from Fort Worth, Texas to the Radford area after working in the insurance and sales profession for 2 years following graduation from VMI. He is now employed as a financial advisor in the Radford branch of Stifel Nicolaus having attained the professional designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER.
Whitney Stokes graduated from Radford High School in 2005. She went on to throw discus and hammer at Radford University where she graduated with a degree in Exercise, Sport and Health Education with a concentration in Sport Administration. Whitney interned with the Big South Conference as the Administration Assistant from 2011-2012 in Charlotte, NC. Whitney began working at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in 2012 where she began as the Admissions Coordinator for the Virginia Campus in Blacksburg. In 2014, Whitney moved to the VCOM-Carolinas campus in Spartanburg, SC as the Director of Admissions. She completed her Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership with Liberty University in 2016. Whitney returned to Radford when she became the Assistant Vice President for Student Services at the VCOM-Virginia Campus in May of 2016. Whitney is the daughter of Dr. William King and Dr. Judith Cox, she has two older brothers Drew (2000) and Scott King (2004). Whitney is married to Richard Stokes, who works at Virginia Tech as the Project Manager for Athletics. They have two dogs and plan to raise a family here in her hometown, close to family and friends.