Hemphill Hall (CHBS Building)

In August of 2016, the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) moved into its new home.  Designed by the Mosely Architects of Virginia Beach, the new 143,600-square-foot academic building houses all of the college’s academic units, as well as the Dean’s office.  The CHBS building is the largest academic building on campus.

The state-of-the-art space features a 90-seat tiered classroom, multiple collaborative learning spaces for student use, offices and research spaces for faculty and staff use and home to Radford's Army ROTC program.  It also houses a mock trial/moot courtroom, a professional quality broadcast studio, digital video and audio editing facilities, a forensic laboratory, and an Emergency Operations Center.

Located between Muse Hall and McConnell Library, the new building features Georgian architecture facing the main campus. The Main Street side of the building has a contemporary flair.  There is also a landscaped courtyard adjacent to the building’s Starbuck’s.

S.B. Ballard, of Virginia Beach, was the construction management firm that supervised the construction of the building.  



Building Dedication

Members of the Radford family gathered in the atrium of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Science (CHBS) Building on June 15, 2021, to formally dedicate the building as Hemphill Hall, honoring the leadership and legacy of Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Since it opened in 2016, “The College of Humanities and Behavioral Science Building has suffered from one thing, a proper name,” Dean Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., said at the ceremony. “Today, Radford University completes this structure by christening it in honor of the University’s seventh president, Dr. Brian O. Hemphill.”

The naming of the CHBS Building in President Hemphill’s honor, Smith continued, “is something we are very proud of, for we claim him as one of our own. I am proud to affiliate our college’s ongoing mission with the legacy of President Hemphill.”

Just before the official unveiling of two plaques, Smith said, “Let me be the first, but by no means the last, to welcome you all to Hemphill Hall.”