The Director of Career Development Services provides overall leadership and direction for a comprehensive career center that helps undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni develop the competencies needed to make informed choices and take action to attain their educational and career goals. An integral member of the Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES) leadership team, the Director sets the vision and strategy for the unit and aligns its goals and offerings with institutional and divisional priorities. Career Development Services includes student employment–hourly and work study; cooperative education, internships and practicums; career education programs, career coaching, counseling, and exploration; electronic delivery of career programs, services, and coaching through Career Commons; and fulltime employment programs and services for new graduates and for alumni.

The Position


Working in close collaboration with the University’s colleges and regional centers, and with employers and various internal and external stakeholders, the director is responsible for leading a University wide, comprehensive, developmentally appropriate integrated program of academically and professionally related career exploration, decision-making, and employment preparation services for students and alumni.

The director of career development services reports to the associate vice president for student engagement and enrollment services. Specific responsibilities include:

  • directing staff to provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate career preparation, academic and professional career services, and employment services to students and alumni;
  • serving as a member of the Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services leadership team, setting vision and strategy for the unit in concert with institution and division goals and priorities;
  • collaborating with the University’s colleges and regional centers, with employers, and with internal and external stakeholders, to develop and implement a broad array of programs, services, and initiatives designed to add value to the ODU student experience and positively impact student learning, career development, and success;
  • assessing the effectiveness of career development programs and services and initiating changes as necessary to achieve University and SEES goals and objectives;
  • serving as budget director for the unit, developing and monitoring the annual budget, and aligning fiscal and other resources to achieve goals and objectives;
  • overseeing all fiscal operations and all unit functions;
  • developing and maintaining sources of external income through advancement initiatives and income producing programs and services;
  • serving as an active and informed career development expert meeting with individual clients to resolve difficult career or employment related issues;
  • leading the unit in improving and sustaining strong and positive relationships with current key employers and nurturing, developing, and sustaining long-term relationships with new key employers;
  • consulting with University faculty, staff, and student groups as well as employers and employer groups on career and employment related issues and programs;
  • operating as the primary spokesperson for the unit and, in conjunction with the SEES communications specialist, oversee all marketing initiatives, publications, and media requests;
  • representing Career Development Services on University committees;
  • developing a multiyear strategic plan to guide the ongoing development and effectiveness of the unit;
  • working with institutional research and assessment and other campus partners to strengthen data collection, analysis, and reporting mechanisms and promote awareness of the units offerings and effectiveness;
  • continuing to utilize technology to promote student engagement with Career Development and its various programs, services, and resources through active use of social media, creative marketing, and messaging; and
  • building and sustaining positive working relationships with a wide array of internal and external constituencies with a particular focus on employers and the wide range of national and global companies that are part of the region.


This role was originally the Director of the Career Management Center and was a position that was held for many years by Tom Wunderlich. The Center has been recognized by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for innovative programming with its then-Cyber Career Center. With Wunderlich’s departure in 2014, Denise Dwight-Smith came to ODU as the new director. Dwight-Smith focused on operational and organizational issues for the Center, laying the groundwork for creating a career development emphasis for the Center. Dwight-Smith left ODU to assume the position of associate vice president of career services at the University of Richmond and Beverly Forbes, the senior associate director assumed the interim director position. Forbes, who took up the reigns of the career development model and changed the name of the unit from Career Management Center to Career Development Services, has announced her retirement after 30 years at ODU.

Career Development Services is a centralized, comprehensive career services operation that primarily serves undergraduates and has liaison appointments to most of the colleges. The office is tasked with also serving graduate students and offers basic services to alumni, including resume writing support, access to job postings, and participation in career fairs. In a recent survey to alumni 94 percent reported that they were employed or attending graduate/professional school immediately after graduation and 96 percent indicated that they are proud to be ODU alumni!

The office is also home to ODU’s student work study program and, in addition to managing the Federal work study program, the office also manages the Learn, Earn Advantage Program (LEAP). LEAP is a program funded by the President’s office aimed at students who do not qualify for Federal work-study but do need to work. The LEAP program has a job skills class as part of the program that participating students are required to take.

The office offers classes in a variety of career topics in the career satellite offices in the academic colleges and at ODU’s three regional centers as well as offers internships that are paid, unpaid, and carry academic credit. Annually, Career Development Services runs about 110 programs and events and nine career fairs. Career fairs include graduate in spring, summer and fall, as well as internship, teaching, and accounting. The staff also provide counseling, resume writing, interviewing, and support for international students, those considering graduate school, and alternate options such as the Peace Corps.

The Center sponsors an employer engagement program that focuses on internship, co-op, and full-time employment recruiting; access to ODU’s career link portal to post jobs and internships; and career fairs, information sessions, on-campus interviewing, networking events, etc.

The director supervises a team of 18 career services professionals and support staff as well as graduate assistants and student workers. Supervision includes hiring, developing, and evaluating all staff. The operating budget is $1 million and the student employment budget is $1.2 million. The office has recently transitioned to Purple Briefcase as their information system.

Organizational Structure


  • The new director of career development services will need to be very collaborative and be able to harness and direct a synergistic team that works seamlessly with each other, across the SEES division, and institutionally.
  • It is preferable that the director have a strong background in career services, programming, and student engagement as the unit has several key areas—work study, programming, alumni, and employer relations that directly focuses on students.
  • There is a very strong standard of excellence within the SEES division that will need to be maintained in Career Development Services with the understanding that the director will need a strong work ethic and will need to be responsive.
  • The director will need to be hands on and connected to students; this person will represent career services most broadly with students, parents, and other stakeholders and will need to drive an agenda of career enculturation with students, faculty, and the larger institutional community.
  • The director will need to be politically savvy and be able to leverage services within the academic colleges and with a wide variety of students: online, military, undergraduates, graduates, transfer, and non-traditional.
  • There are some early areas of focus for the new director—consistency of data collection, clear guidelines for reporting data, building metrics, and the development of processes to better gather, assess, understand, and report on the outcomes of the unit.
  • The new director will need to help prioritize the building blocks of the employer relations area as well as be more creative and collaborative in identifying and managing employers.
  • The office serves rather broadly all ODU alumni—a very nice service for alumni, but Career Development Services has not significantly capitalized on this for building an alumni network.


  • The new director will be extremely collaborative, will have developed strong relationships with students, with the staff in Career Development Services, and within SEES; the director will have worked across the institution to build rapport and develop bridges of communication with faculty and deans in the colleges, with enrollment, with Center for Major Exploration, the Center for Entrepreneurship, etc., with a focus on integrating career development into all phases of the student experience.
  • The director will have reviewed the Career Development Services’ cycle of programs, events, and services for efficiencies, for the level of student support and engagement, and for the opportunities to build more collaborations and attract a wider variety of employers, increase internship opportunities, and built a system to measure and report outcomes.
  • The new director will more fully integrate career development and career services into the SEES division and will have articulated goals around the office’s role in the retention, progression, and graduation of students; will have embraced SEES standards of excellence; and will have developed and clearly articulated plans and goals for the unit—such as the outcomes of the unit’s evolving employer recruitment plan.
  • The director will have more broadly and clearly branded Career Development Services to its multiple stakeholders in a way that delivers on the message of life-long career development, draws students into career exploration processes throughout their time at ODU, and has outcomes that speak to success with employers and the wide variety of ODU students.


Minimum qualifications for the position include a master’s degree and a track record of progressive leadership experience focused on promoting career development and facilitating relationships to promote the career preparation and success of students.

The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker and planner with the expertise, energy, and interpersonal skills to build upon the strengths of the department while fostering new cultural norms, imagining and creating strategic, developmentally-based career maps for an expanse of different student populations, and leading programs to new levels of excellence. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable of evolving employment and educational trends impacting employers, students, and alumni; possess strategic change management skills coupled with strong staff, organizational development and budget management abilities; demonstrate strong supervisory and team-building capabilities; and possess a goal-oriented, data-driven approach to generating measurable outcomes and assessments of services. Collaboration with internal and external constituents; utilization of current technologies and social media; commitment to student development; strong communication and collaboration skills; and the ability to build relevant connections with students and alumni will be important considerations in the selection of the Director.

As articulated by ODU stakeholders, the successful candidate will ideally possess the following characteristics (in no particular order):

  • possess a deep understanding of career services and experiential education—and current best practices nationally;
  • possess a vision for, and comprehensive understanding of contemporary, full-spectrum career development for a wide range of students;
  • demonstrate a record of superior communication and presentation skills, successful relationship-building, and collaboration with internal (e.g., students, faculty, staff, and administrators) and external (e.g., alumni, parents, employers, community members, and corporate partners) constituencies;
  • be a creative thinker and innovator—able to forge new ideas and strategies for relating academic majors and acquisition of classroom learning to career direction and preparation;
  • be committed to continuous improvement and evaluation of the programs and services offered by Career Development Services;
  • possess an understanding of outcomes-based assessment and the importance of this in an academic environment;
  • be goal driven, seek objectives, measure, and assess outcomes;
  • be technically savvy and proactive in employing contemporary technological solutions to ensure operational efficiency and effective communication within a high volume career services operation;
  • must be capable of developing and implementing a strategic agenda;
  • demonstrate a track record that reflects a commitment to being student-centered and assuring high levels of customer service;
  • strong management skills including budgeting and data-driven assessment skills;
  • the ability to effectively oversee a department including strategic planning, goal setting, identification of technology and human resource needs, program evaluation, and assessment;
  • possess the ability to work collaboratively with SEES unit leaders to assess best practices and tailor career services to the unique needs of the various student populations;
  • possess strong leadership, managerial, and team-building abilities—able to inspire and motivate both staff and students—and eagerly contribute to institutional goals and initiatives;
  • possess strategic planning skills coupled with effective decision-making and an ability to build coalitions and support among others;
  • understand the importance of working in close partnership with the academic colleges;
  • be familiar with expanding career opportunities for today’s students, including such subpopulations as military and veterans, distance learners, persons with disabilities, underrepresented students, etc.
  • work within the Hampton Roads community and the state of Virginia with employers to understand their needs in relation to workforce needs and economic development;
  • be goal-oriented, yet flexible to adapt to changing circumstances and evolving internal/institutional and external needs (e.g., changes in market conditions, recruitment methodologies, and/or student priorities);
  • demonstrate strong public relations skill and the ability to implement campaigns targeting both internal audiences and a wide variety of employers from small to global;
  • exhibit a high degree of personal energy and passion for working with students and within career development services in an complex, academic environment;
  • be willing to engage employers and companies in considering and recruiting ODU students;
  • have an understanding of the role of advancement in working with corporations and donors in raising funds for the unit.


Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES)

A division focused on recruitment, engagement, active learning, and student success. SEES impacts the learning environment through an innovative signature experience that seamlessly connects recruitment, engagement, active learning, and student success.


Student Engagement and Enrollment Services will be the pre-eminent model for engaging every student to achieve success.


As a student-centered educational partner, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services impacts the learning environment through an innovative signature experience that seamlessly connects recruitment, engagement, active learning, and student success.

For more information about SEES as well as the current strategic plan please visit:

Leadership of the SEES Division

Dr. Ellen Neufeldt

Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services

Dr. Ellen Neufeldt joined Old Dominion University in the summer of 2011 as the vice president of student engagement and enrollment services. She leads the areas of student engagement, student success, enrollment services, government relations, strategic communication and marketing, and institutional research. During her time at the University, ODU has achieved its highest retention and graduation rates in institutional history and was ranked by EdTrust as being one of the top 15 universities nationally for African American student success. Dr. Neufeldt co-led the creation of a new University strategic plan that emphasizes student achievement, academic and research excellence, and community outreach. She also teaches in the University’s Higher Education graduate program.

Prior to joining ODU, Dr. Neufeldt served as vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University where she led the areas of enrollment management, student services, student life, and athletics. Earlier in her career, Dr. Neufeldt was assistant vice chancellor for student development and dean of student life at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Professionally, Dr. Neufeldt is an active member of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), currently serving as the Enrollment Management Knowledge Community Co-chair. She is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Dr. Neufeldt also served as SACSA President in 2014 and currently serves on the SACSA Foundation Board.

Dr. Neufeldt was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA in 2017 and received the 2015 NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for her demonstrated and sustained professional service as a chief student affairs officer. Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) honored her with the Melvene Draheim Hardee Award in 2018 and with the Howard S. Davis Sr. Service Award in 2016. She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2010 by the Maryland Daily Record.

Dr. Neufeldt holds a doctorate of education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as well as a master of arts in counselor education and a bachelor of science in business administration from Tennessee Technological University.

Dr. Johnny Young

Dr. Johnny Young joined Old Dominion University in the summer of 2012 as associate vice president for learning in the Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services. Dr. Young’s experiences in student affairs and enrollment management include admissions, academic advising, student life, student conduct, career services, and accessibility services.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Young served as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint from 2005 to 2012. While serving in that capacity he led initiatives including restructuring the club sports program from a student activity into a burgeoning independent unit under the direction and sponsorship of the Division of Student Affairs and a Council for the Advancement of Standards Self-Assessment process for Accessibility Services and the Academic Enrichment Center (tutoring and supplemental instruction). Dr. Young’s previous administrative leadership positions include director of academic advising and director of the office of academic programs in the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


Professionally, Dr. Young holds memberships in the Southern Association for College Student Affairs, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and NASPA, where he is a member and participates in several of the Knowledge Communities.

Dr. Young holds a doctorate of education from Wayne State University, a master of public administration from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Institution & Location


Old Dominion University, located in the coastal city of Norfolk, is Virginia’s entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.

Our Monarchs can choose from over 120 undergraduate programs; over 130 graduate programs at the master’s, education specialist, and doctoral levels; and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs. Students learn from experts in their chosen field, as our award-winning faculty bring their real-world expertise to classrooms that foster innovation and collaboration.

Student success lives at the heart of the Monarch experience. Monarchs have full access to services such as academic advising, peer mentoring, and subject-specific resource centers. The Learning Commons at Perry Library provides students with 24/5 study space, computing resources, teamwork spaces, and even presentation practice rooms. Students can begin planning their future with our comprehensive career development services or forge their own path by engaging with the Strome Entrepreneurial Center.

Old Dominion University began its tradition of excellence when it was founded in 1930 by the College of William and Mary, the second-oldest university in the United States. Established as an extension of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, Old Dominion began educating teachers and engineers. The two-year school rapidly evolved into a four-year institution and was granted independence in 1962 as Old Dominion College.

Considerable growth in enrollment, the expansion of research facilities, and preparation for the addition of graduate programs led the Board of Visitors to approve the name change to Old Dominion University. Now Old Dominion is a powerhouse for higher education with six colleges: Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, and Sciences. Old Dominion has offered master’s degrees since 1964 and doctoral degrees since 1971. The University has achieved designation as a Research University (high research activity) from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Proud of its past, Old Dominion constantly looks to the future and prides itself on its continually expanding research and teaching programs. An ever-evolving university, Old Dominion is an agent of change for its students, for the region, and the nation it serves. Old Dominion is Virginia’s forward-focused, public doctoral research university for students from around the world who want a rigorous academic experience in a profoundly multicultural community. Our nationally recognized faculty use real-world expertise and innovative teaching methods to challenge students to achieve their highest goals. Our determined entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving drives cutting edge research, eminent scholarship, and strategic partnerships with government, business, industry, organizations, and the arts.

About Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University’s waterfront campus is in the heart of vibrant Coastal Virginia – a prime place to learn, work and play. Approximately 1.75 million people live in the region, which is home to the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Each city has its own unique attractions, events, and activities.

Norfolk, a metropolitan city, is home to the world’s largest naval base and the North American Headquarters for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). From internship opportunities with some of the world’s top companies, to great shopping and dining, to beautiful beaches, there is always something new to discover from Colonial Williamsburg to NASA Langley, the birthplace of the U.S. space program.


Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement.


Old Dominion University will be recognized nationally and internationally as a forward-focused metropolitan university with a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research that spurs economic growth, focuses on student success, engages civic and community partners, and uses its connections with the military and maritime industries and its exceptional strengths and leadership in related areas to provide practical solutions to complex, real world problems.

Strategic Plan

Old Dominion University’s progress toward the five goals of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan:

Goal 1 – Enhance our Academic and Research Excellence

  • Established state-level center on flooding
  • Established an innovative statewide online degree-completion program with GMU
  • Established new PhD program in kinesiology and rehabilitation
  • Established 42 certificate programs including: Cybersecurity, public procurement, public sector leadership, Big data analytics
  • Public Sector Leadership Certificates classes provided for the Air Combat Command through the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development and involvement with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity to help graduate students, post-docs and faculty members increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance
  • The Leadership major is now offered online as a “Z” degree in partnership with TCC
  • SCHEV 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients were Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli of Engineering Technology and Anatoly Radyushkin of Physics
  • A new Sciences building supporting chemistry and biology is in the design phase
  • Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program – Funding and Purpose: $647,540 in year one and $647,540 in year two to develop curriculum and a lab for a program to teach digital manufacturing skills

Goal 2 – Support Student Success

  • Achieved highest retention (82 percent) and graduation (53 percent) rates in ODU history
  • Awarded over 4,000 bachelor’s degrees last year – the largest number in the University’s history
  • Ranked as one of the top 15 universities in the nation for African American student success
  • Four athletic teams reported a perfect GSR for the 2010-11 class: Women’s Golf – 9th Consecutive year; Field Hockey – 5th Consecutive year; Men’s Tennis – 4th Consecutive year; Women’s Tennis – 4th Consecutive year. GSR measures the percentage of first-time, full-time freshman who graduate within six years of entering a four-year institution
  • Restructured two offices and reallocated resources to create a structured success coaching model for fall 2016
  • Success initiatives include over 1,000 students participating in coaching and the addition of academic advisors focused on using predictive analytics to enhance student success
  • Increased number of learning communities from 18 in fall 2015, to 31 in fall 2016
  • Added financial literacy program for incoming students
  • “First Class,” a required event for incoming freshmen that focuses on academic success, social success, diversity, and inclusion, and the required Title IX sexual violence prevention
  • The design process began for a new residence hall, the Hugo Owens House
  • A $3 million donation was received from alumnus Robert Mitchell for scholarships in accounting
  • Brother-to-Brother was introduced to support minority male retention through mentoring and tutoring
  • The Women’s Initiative Network is creating the “Bridge the Gap” campaign to raise scholarships for financially challenged women
  • Implement the campus master plan to support student success

Goal 3 – Enrich the Quality of University Life

  • Funded salary increases for faculty and staff using University funds
  • Held Week of Welcome during first week of classes to introduce new students to the University and to instill a sense of belonging
  • Hosted programs such as Black Lives Matter as part of the Presidential Lecture Series
  • Created 1ODU Student Advisory Board to advise the President and to foster inclusion
  • “1ODU” Inclusive Excellence Student Task Force completed its first year focusing on a variety of discussions and educational programs related to diversity and inclusivity
  • Held annual Monarch Mornings with faculty and staff across campus
  • The Crime Prevention and Community Resilience Task Force presented five crime prevention recommendations to the President Cabinet; it is now being shared with the City of Norfolk’s Mayor and City Manager to ensure the partnership with the City is well documented
  • Approximately 500 students came together for Unity Fest in April to support inclusion
  • The Diversity Certificate program launched with 50 participants
  • A new off-campus office was established to address the livability concerns in the neighborhoods surrounding campus
  • The Child Study Center was re-accredited
  • Increase engagement with the local arts community
  • Created a culture of campus pride
  • Women’s Volleyball will be added as ODU’s 17th intercollegiate program (nine women’s programs and eight men’s programs).
  • Sentara Heart Testing – partnering with Sentara Heart Hospital for baseline testing of all incoming student-athletes. Providing electrocardiograms and echocardiograms that help detect preexisting conditions or serious abnormalities in student-athletes that standard physical examinations typically cannot detect. A number of universities across the country administer EKGs and ECHOs to football and basketball players but this program will screen all ODU sports teams. Partnership illustrates commitment made to 550 student-athletes to provide an outstanding academic and athletic experience
  • Dr. Johnny Young, associate vice president for student engagement and enrollment services, received the 2017 Minority Access National Role Model Award from Minority Access
  • Minority Access is also honoring Old Dominion University as an institution committed to diversity in 2017
  • Procurement Services was awarded the annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement by the National Procurement Institute for innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership in best procurement practices
  • Created the President’s Task Force on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Tech Transfer/Commercialization. Scope of work includes problem solving; options for future ODU direction and organization; and implementation planning (program gaps, communication, tools and resources)

Goal 4 – Engage the Greater Community

  • Created 10 additional service-learning courses
  • Over 25 non-profits organizations have benefited from the 85th Anniversary service challenge to date
  • Sponsored “Birth of an Answer” led by Avi Santos, associate professor in Communication and Theater Arts. Also, launched the Mapping Lambert’s Point interactive website, an interactive digital and oral history of the neighborhood
  • Hosted Mayoral Forum on campus sponsored by ODU Student Government Association
  • Groundbreaking for the Barry Art Museum
  • ODU students participated in over 500,000 service hours
  • Old Dominion was one of ten universities that received the distinction of having the highest average Twitter sentiment
  • The Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Alliance was initiated, involving five colleges and more than 20 non-profits and businesses centered around connecting our cybersecurity
  • The University Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Nancy K. Klein, performed a concert at Carnegie Hall
  • Fully establish the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development
  • Old Dominion University won the Gold Leaf Award from the International Society of Arboriculture recognizing outstanding local service in landscape beautification and/or Arbor Day activities
  • Old Dominion University was VersAbility Resources’ (VR) 2017 VersAbility Visionary Award recipient. The organization’s mission is to support individuals with disabilities in leading productive and fulfilling lives. The University is a part of VR’s Supported-Employee Program and recommends it as a workforce option to entrepreneurs who need capable personnel

Goal 5 – Promote an Entrepreneurial Culture

  • Created new learning community focused on entrepreneurism
  • Established and opened the Center for Enterprise Innovation which features a number of programs available to individual interest in pursuing entrepreneurial activities
  • Trained 12 Entsminger faculty fellows – six more will be trained in summer 2016
  • Received external funding for GOV2COM in 2015
  • The “Women on Wall Street” Learning Community began this year exploring the value of diversity in the workplace
  • An incubation coop opened on Monarch Way to allow student entrepreneurs to display and sell their products
  • Implemented an entrepreneurial curriculum and co-curriculum for students
  • Developed and taught first 300-level course on entrepreneurism
  • The entrepreneurial certificate program was approved
  • Dr. Karen Eagle was hired to coordinate entrepreneurial courses
  • Fostered an entrepreneurial ecosystem for faculty
  • Six new Entsminger faculty fellows were hired, bringing the total to 24
  • Supported a culture of idea commercialization among faculty and students

University Initiatives Update


  • Hired endowed chair of Cybersecurity to lead the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.
  • Old Dominion has a partnership with public and private entities as well as The College of William and Mary and Norfolk State University to strengthen its position to receive funding for cybersecurity in the future.
  • A new cluster hire for four faculty in the cybersecurity and leadership programs.
  • Received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to expand programming for Cybersecurity undergraduates.
  • Faculty in engineering received a $115,000 grant from National Security Agency to develop a Risk Management Cybersecurity course.
  • Created separate majors in Enterprise Cybersecurity (for business students) and cybercrime (for criminal justice students).
  • Developed three new courses – Digital Forensics, Cyber Law and Reverse Software Engineering.
  • Developed a Cybersecurity internship program with Sentara Healthcare resulting in eight students being hired as paid “junior security specialists.”
  • Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance Collaboration (HRCyber Co-Lab) – Funding and Purpose: $642,713 in year one and $642,713 in year two to create a lab to develop and test cybersecurity products and train workers.
  • Guaranteed Transfer and Cybersecurity Agreement with NOVA – Agreement provides NOVA students with a seamless transfer to ODU; program graduates are guaranteed admission into the university; students following the prescribed path will have all courses count as curriculum requirements and will be admitted as first-semester juniors; this arrangement will help address workforce shortages in the high demand field.
  • Updated articulation agreements with TCC and TNCC.
  • ODU and HRCyber hosted a workforce/economic development summit in October at VBHEC that drew more than 100 participants and state Senator Frank Wagner as a keynote speaker.
  • Placed Cybersecurity major online as part of Online Virginia Network.

Online Virginia Network

  • Held first meeting of newly constituted board in July.
  • Hired four new faculty members to teach in signature programs including communication, criminal justice, cybersecurity, leadership, and psychology.
  • First students have been recruited through OVN portal in fall 2017.
  • OVN portal course search now guides students through the registration process.

Expansion of Health Programs in Virginia Beach

  • Identified needed resources for nursing expansion.
  • Identified new centers (i.e., telehealth training and simulation centers, nursing, and physical therapy clinics).
  • Worked with City of Virginia Beach to secure funding for a building to house new graduate health professions programs.
  • Worked with NSU to trade office and classroom space to accommodate the expansion of the School of Nursing.

Fundraising Initiatives

  • Established a fundraising goal of $250 million, which includes $100M for scholarships, $40M for college and faculty enhancements, $40M for Athletics—including stadium—and $20M for student success
  • 85 Hours of Giving Campaign established goals of 850 gifts totaling $850,000; campaign resulted in 953 gifts totaling over $1.1M

Received the largest gift in ODU’s history with a $35M donation from Richard and Carolyn Barry for the Barry Museum. This, along with other significant donations has

The President

John R. Broderick

John R. Broderick, Old Dominion University’s eighth president, doesn’t mind rolling up his sleeves and serving hot dogs at a University picnic. A constant presence on campus, whether it is to escort a visitor, walk his dog, or attend athletic and cultural events, he has developed a reputation as a friendly, approachable president. But he is all business when it comes to his insistence on forging progress at Old Dominion, solving real-world problems, and building on the region’s strengths.

Under his leadership since 2008, Old Dominion has emerged as a research leader in fields from cybersecurity to bioelectrics, where the University is pioneering advances in cancer treatment and cardiac procedures. The University established the Center for the Study of Sea Level Rise in 2010, elevating Old Dominion to the top tier in addressing a significant environmental problem. Since then, Old Dominion has broadened its approach with the creation of the multidisciplinary Resiliency Collaborative. Last year President Broderick was featured in articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education focusing on Old Dominion’s resiliency efforts.

During his tenure, Old Dominion has received more than $800 million in new public and private resources. The value of the University’s endowment has risen to $250 million, as of June 30, 2018. Old Dominion is pursuing a $250 million fundraising initiative to increase resources for scholarships, faculty research, and academic centers, among other areas.

But bucking the “bigger is better” movement, President Broderick has held Old Dominion’s enrollment to approximately 24,000 to maximize the quality of the student experience.

To improve academic achievement, the University constructed a $10 million Student Success Center and Learning Commons. In 2017, Old Dominion recorded the highest graduation rate in its history. The University also has the second-largest percentage of degrees awarded in STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, math, and health care) fields among Virginia’s research universities.

In 2013, Old Dominion received an $11 million gift from alumnus Mark Strome to create the Strome Entrepreneurial Center, expanding entrepreneurial initiatives for students inside and outside the classroom. In 2017, Old Dominion opened THE Monarch Way, a unique retail store run by students and selling the products of student, alumni, faculty, and staff entrepreneurs.

Last fall, Old Dominion launched an expansion of health sciences offerings at its Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, with an increase in nursing classes and the creation of a center focusing on the cutting edge field of telehealth. Later phases will include a School of Public Health, primary care clinic, and substance abuse prevention center. The University also plans a new $75 million health sciences building on its main campus in Norfolk in the next several years.

Also last year, Old Dominion opened the Barry Art Museum, funded by a $37 million donation, the largest in the University’s history, from Richard and Carolyn Barry. The museum is positioned to be one of the region’s major cultural destinations.

Old Dominion’s dining facility, which opened in 2016, is named the Kate and John R. Broderick Dining Commons at the request of student leaders to honor the president and his wife, Kate Broderick, for their commitment to inclusion and student success.

The Board of Visitors also renamed the University’s Diversity Champion Award for the president in 2013 to recognize his commitment to diversity and inclusion, which has helped create a vibrant, multicultural campus. In the fall of 2018, Old Dominion enrolled nearly 6,700 African-Americans, more than any other public four-year school in Virginia, as well as students from more than 100 countries. In 2017, ODU was cited by the organization Education Trust as one of the 15 U.S. colleges with the best track records for graduating African-American students.

President Broderick has transformed his belief in community service into a centerpiece of University life. In 2011, he, his wife, and their relatives endowed the Evon-Broderick Award for Community Engagement and Service to recognize students who immerse themselves in service.

In athletics, he oversaw the return of football to Old Dominion in 2009 after a 69-year absence, adding a rush of excitement to campus. He is past chairman of Conference USA’s Board of Directors and a member of the NCAA Division I Presidents Forum.

But President Broderick has been clear that the University’s priority is academics. And Old Dominion’s student-athletes are triumphing in the classroom, too. The University had 286 students on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of the last two years – more than any other school.

Old Dominion’s benefactors have recognized the president’s focus on academic and athletic excellence. Patricia and Douglas Perry in 2018 provided a significant gift to the Perry Honors College and created the John and Kate Broderick Opportunity Scholarship for high-achieving honors students from Virginia. Ron and Scott Ripley, brothers who are alumni, have endowed a scholarship for the future women’s volleyball team in President Broderick’s honor.

He has received the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Humanitarian Award, the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Marian Palmer Capps Award, the New Journal & Guide’s Impacting Lives award, the Dr. Hugo A. Owens Sr. Humanitarian Award from Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the Trailblazer Award from Men for Hope, and a Visionary Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Inside Business journal ranked President Broderick No. 4 on its 2018 Power List of Hampton Roads.

He is chairman of the Council of Presidents of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and past chairman of the Virginia Council of Presidents of colleges and universities. He is the only college president to serve as a member of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority board.

President Broderick is a board member of organizations including the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Saint Patrick Catholic School, Physicians for Peace, and Hampton Roads Partnership.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Old Dominion offers 220 degree programs:

  • 150 programs available on-campus
  • 91 Bachelor’s Degrees
  • 41 Master’s Degrees
  • 22 Doctoral Degrees
  • 2 Educational Specialist Degrees
  • Distance Learning – More than 100 programs available online through
  • Tuition Rates (2017-2018) – $335


Old Dominion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University’s programs are also accredited by numerous specialized and professional accrediting agencies.

The Student Body

Total Enrollment






763 International students from 134 countries

Benefits Overview

  • Health Care Benefits
  • Retirement Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tax Sheltered Annuities
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Employer Cash Match Contributions
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Legal/Identity Theft Plans
  • State Employee Discounts
  • Virginia529 College Saving Plan

Application & Nomination

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Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and requires compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.