RADFORD (WSLS 10) -
Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle, J.D., was honored on Friday with a series of commemorative events.
She will retire this June as Radford's sixth, and first female, president.
The day began with the building dedication of Kyle Hall, the home of the College of Business and Economics. The Radford University Board of Visitors adopted a resolution on February 2 to name the $44 million, 110,000-square-foot building after Kyle.
Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton
served as the keynote speaker and commended the university community for their hard work and praised President Kyle for her determination and guidance.
"It's not all about one person," Holton said. "It's about a lot of people playing a role in so many different ways, but it does take leadership to really move the needle the way you have here at Radford. You have been especially blessed over the last 11 years."
"Thank you so much for this special honor," Kyle said at the dedication ceremony. "There is nothing more that you all could have done that would have touched me more, that would have meant more, that in my mind would have represented better than the naming of this building of which I feel I poured so much of myself shortly after arriving here."
Following the dedication ceremony, a special luncheon was held in Kyle Hall.