Penelope W. Kyle

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Penelope W. Kyle is a former president of Radford University, a public, state-funded, comprehensive university, located in the city of Radford, in southwestern Virginia. She assumed her role on June 1, 2005. She has announced she will retire from the position in June 2016.[1]


Kyle graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and did her postgraduate studies in English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and later earned her MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Kyle served as Executive Director of the Virginia State Lottery for 11 years, under three successive governors.[2] First appointed by Governor George Allen in 1994, she was reappointed by Governor Jim Gilmore, and then reappointed once again by Governor Mark Warner. Previously, Kyle was employed by CSX Corporation, an international transportation company, where she became the company’s first female officer. Before joining CSX Corporation, she was an attorney with McGuire, Woods, LLP in Richmond. She also taught English for six years at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia.

Kyle served on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University (JMU) from 1984 until 1992 and on the JMU Foundation Board 1992 until 1994. She also served on the Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation Board from 1994 until 2000 and on the Board of Governors of Saint Christopher School from 1999 until 2005. Kyle is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors of PRA, Inc., a publicly traded company.

Kyle became Radford University’s sixth, and first female, president when she took office on June 1, 2005.[1][2]

On March 30, 2015, Kyle announced that she would retire as Radford University president effective June 30, 2016.[1][2]


Kyle is married to Charles L. Menges, an attorney and partner with McGuire, Woods, LLC. They are the parents of three children.

A native of southwest Virginia, Kyle is a product of the Galax, Virginia public schools system.


  1. ^ a b c "Kyle to retire as Radford University president at end of 2016 academic year". March 30, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Squires, Paula C. (March 30, 2015). "Radford University's President Penny Kyle is retiring in 2016, two years earlier than expected". Virginia Business. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 

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