Radford University is a public, 4-year school located in Radford, VA 200 miles west of Richmond and 60 miles north of the North Carolina border. The school was founded in 1910 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford, VA; it was renamed the State Teachers College at Radford in 1924 and focused on training teachers for the Appalachian region. In 1943 the school was absorbed into what is now known as Virginia Tech and in 1979 regained its independence as Radford University. The nearly 200 acre campus features traditional red brick collegiate Georgian architecture and two large quads; the school sits in the scenic Virginia Highlands between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains along the New River. Notable alumni include former baseball player Phil Leftwich (a RU Hall of Fame inductee).