Humans of Radford University

Student pictured: Alan Ward

“I had been preparing for some kind of executive role since I was a freshman, but I didn’t really know if I would have the capability, support, or connections needed to be successful. Plus, I had been pushing against headwinds that started when I was a sophomore here at Radford, something that may have set me back.

When it got around to spring semester of junior year and I finally had to make a decision, I had pretty much made up my mind that I was going to run for, and hopefully win, the presidency. But as I waited and observed the things going on around me, I could tell that there may be a different calling. While we had strong presidential leadership over the past two years and multiple people who could do the job for the next year, the post of head of student finances had been in shambles for years. There was no clear direction, no change, and certainly no transparency to the student body as to how their money was being handled.

I had always been told, ‘he who holds the gold, holds the power,’ and that power needs to be in the hands of a responsible leader who is willing to set a new vision and create change. It also didn’t hurt that my education background was in economics, so I knew that I could bring the knowledge I gained from inside the classroom to the table.

Even though many of my colleagues wanted me to choose otherwise, I did what was right – not only what was right for me, but what was right for the university.

Being student body Chief Financial Officer is no easy job. You are rarely thanked for your hard work and commonly questioned because of the tremendous responsibility you hold, but I hope I’ve served this campus well in my tenure and have laid the foundation for prosperity in the years ahead.”