Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors, 1963

The Board of Visitors is the main authoritative body at Old Dominion University (ODU). The Board of Visitors has the power to spend funds, establish rules and regulations, and the power to appoint the president. The current board is made up of 17 members appointed by the Governor of Virginia to a 4 year term and can not serve for longer than two successive terms. More information about the Board of Visitors can be found on their website.

History

From 1930-1962, the rules and regulations for the Norfolk Division were made by the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary. In 1946, Director Lewis W. Webb, Jr. created an advisory board of local citizens to serve as liaisons to the Board of Visitors in Williamsburg. The board would help grow the Norfolk Division, raising funds for buildings, salaries, and the library. The advisory board was the first step towards independence from the College of William & Mary and included Frank Batten, Charles L. Kaufman, and other future members of the Old Dominion Board of Visitors.

Members of the Board of Visitors

A-B

Ainsley, Jeffrey W.. July 1, 2010-June 30, 2014

Allmond, Yvonne T., July 1, 2015-June 30, 2023

Ampy, Kenneth E., July 1, 2005-June 30, 2013

Annas, V. M. (Barney), July 1, 1978-June 30, 1982

Atkinson, Elizabeth W., July 1, 1998-June 30, 2002

Babalas, Lillie M., July 1, 1991-June 30, 1995

Babcock, James F., July 1, 1994-June 30, 1998

Baker, Joseph E., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1968

Barry, Richard F. III, July 1, 1985, June 30, 1993

Batten, Frank, Jr., February 9, 2002-June 30, 2013

Batten, Frank, Sr., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1973

Beamer, James W., July 1, 1998-June 30, 2002

Bell, Sonya M., July 1, 1980-June 1984

Bennett, Carlton F., Esq. ’72, July 1, 2014-June 30, 2022

Bernd, David L., July 1, 2008-June 30, 2016

Biagas, John F., July 1, 2012-June 30, 2016

Bishop, Bruce T., September 1, 1972-June 30, 1983

Blair-Davis, Jo Ann, June 1, 1994-June 30, 1998

Bland, Gilbert T., July 1, 1992-June 30, 1996

Bouffard, Henry P., July 1, 2000-June 30, 2004

Bradley, Bruce ’78, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2024

Broermann, Robert, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023

Brown, Sarita M., December 10, 2008-June 30, 2012

C-D

Carter, Gene R., Jr., July 1, 1989-August 11, 1994

Chandler, Charles R., January 18, 1995-March 17, 1997

Charles, Roy R., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1966

Cheng, Nancy P., July 1, 1996-June 30, 2004

Cheng, Richard T., July 1 2013-June 30, 2017

Chisman, Thomas P., July 1, 1968-June 30, 1972

Chittum, Edwin W., July 1, 1968-June 30, 1972

Cofer, J. William, July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015

Copeland, Robert O., July 1, 2004-June 30, 2008

Corn, Robert S., July 1, 2018-June 30, 2021

Cousins, John P., July 1, 2001-September 24, 2001 *Passed away during first term

Crenshaw, Francis N., July 1, 1968-June 30, 1976

Croshaw, Kendra Menefee, July 1, 2002-June 30, 2006

Cross, Charles B., Jr., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1968

Dabney, Unwanna, July 1, 2018-June 30, 2022

Decker, Peter G., III, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023

DeShazer, MacArthur Sr., July 1-28, 2019 *Passed away during first term

Diamonstein, Arthur A., July 1, 1992-June 30, 1996

Dickseski, Jerri F. ’78, July 1, 2017-June 30, 2021

Donnelly, Andrew J., July 1, 1980-June 30, 1982

Doumar, Dorothy, September 1, 1972-June 30, 1983

Downing, Thomas N., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1968

Dragas, George, Jr., July 1, 1983-June 30, 1991

E-G

Everhart, Edgar S., July 1, 1970-June 30, 1978

Faeder, David W., July 1, 2003-June 30, 2011

Fine, Louis B., July 1, 1980-June 30, 1984

Fodrey, Robert L., Sr., July 1, 1973-June 30, 1981

Forehand, Linda L., July 1, 2008-June 30, 2012

Gehman, Harold W., July 1, 2004-June 30, 2012

Geroe, Kenneth V., July 1, 1978-June 30, 1986

Gidley, Jodi S., July 1, 2013-July 30, 2013 *Passed away during first term

Gifford, Joan D., July 1, 1995-June 30, 1999

Gilmore, Dee D., July 1, 2010-June 30, 2014

Gornto, Albert B., July 1, 1970-June 30, 1978

Graeber, Beverly B., July 1, 1990-June 30, 2003

H-K

Haddad, Mary, July 1, 1997-June 30, 2005

Hall, Conrad M., July 1, 2003-June 30, 2011

Hall, James K., July 1, 1984-June 30, 1992

Hamm, Edward L., Jr., September 1, 1994-June 30, 2001

Harris, Alton J. (Jay) ’87, July 1, 2014-June 30, 2022

Harris, Carroll N., Jr., August 16, 1976-August 11, 1977

Henry, Michael J. ’90, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2019

Hilgers, J. Jack, July 1, 1998-June 30, 2002

Hill, Irvine B., April 16, 1993-June 30, 1998

Hill, Larry R. ’78, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2024

Hillier, Luke M., July 1, 2010-June 30, 2014

Hixon, James A., July 1, 2002-June 30, 2010

Holsinger, John W., July 1, 1981-June 30, 1985

Howard, James A., Sr., July 1, 1962-January 1, 1971

Howell, Henry E., Jr., July 1, 1991-June 30, 1995

Howell, J. William, July 1, 1984-February 1, 1991

Hudson, Phillip F., August 16, 1976-February 1, 1977

Irby, Joseph M. H., July 1, 1980-June 30, 1983

Jacobson, Marc, November 19, 2004-June 30, 2014

Jones, Darden W., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1968

Jones, Toykea S. ’03, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2024

Kaufman, Linda H., July 1, 1970-June 30, 1978

Kavadias, Gabriel, July 1, 1990-June 30, 1994

Kelly, Walter D., Jr., July 1, 2000-June 30-2004

Kemper, Kay A. ’80, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2024

Kilgore, Ann H., July 1, 1983-June 30, 1991

Kilmer, Andrea M., July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015

Kirk, Pamela C. ’88, July 8, 2017-June 30, 2022

Kornblau, Barry M., July 1, 2007-June 30, 2015

L-O

Lawler, Beverly R., July 1, 1984-June 30, 1992

Lechler, William M, July 1, 1996-June 30, 2004

LeFlore, Jack O., July 1, 1991-January 4, 1995

Leon, Arnold H., July 1, 1986-February 28, 1990

Lindsay, Katherine, July 1, 1962-June 30, 1970

Lustig, Wayne, July 1, 1990-June 30, 1998

Maniscalco-Theberge, Mary E., July 1, 2013-June 30, 2017

Maniyar, Prabhav, July 1, 2002-October 25, 2004 *Passed away during first term

Mason, Shannon T., Jr., August 16, 1976-June 30, 1984

May, W. Peyton, July 1, 1962-June 30, 1970

McCoy, J. Henry, Jr., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1970

McKinnon, Arnold B., July 1, 1985-June 30, 1994

Moore, R. G., July 1, 1986-September 1, 1987

Mugler, The Hon. Ross A. ’84, ’93 MPA, August 1, 2014-June 30, 2021

Naismith, Laurie, July 2, 1985-July 7, 1987

Neal, Mary Sue, July 1, 1980-June 30, 1985

O’Neill, Robert J., July 1, 2005-June 30, 2013

Owens, Hugo A., Sr., July 1, 1990-June 30, 1994

P-R

Page Walter A., December 8, 1977-June 30, 1980

Paige, Anthony C., July 1, 1995-June 30, 2003

Pakradooni, Silvia Old, July 1, 1979-June 30, 1987

Parker, Jackson K., March 28, 1988-February 1, 1993

Parks, Gerald L., July 1, 1994-June 30, 1998

Pattison, Scott D., July 1, 2001-June 30, 2005

Payne, M. Lee, July 1, 1978-June 30, 1985

Payne, Robert L., Jr., July 19, 1966-June 30, 1970

Perry, Patricia W., July 1, 1997-June 30, 2001

Pitchford, J. Michael, July 1, 1987-June 30, 1997

Poindexter, Gammiel, July 1, 1982-June 30, 1990

Price, H. B. (Beau), Jr., July 1, 1983-June 30, 1991

Randall, Kenneth A., July 1, 1972-June 30, 1976

Reidy, Frank, July 1, 2011-June 30, 2019

Ried, Milton A., July 1, 1970-June 30, 1973

Ripley, Ronald C., July 1, 1972-June 30, 1976

Roberts, James W., July 1, 1968-June 30, 1972

Rollison, Lawrie Falck, July 1, 1996-June 30, 2000

Rotert, Charles H., Jr., July 1, 1994-June 30, 1998

Rouse, Patricia T., July 1, 1962-September 1, 1968 *Last name was Rixey while serving on the Board

Rueger, William L., November 10, 1992-June 30, 1996

Russell, William E., July 1, 1997-June 30, 2005

S-U

Samet, Kenneth A., July 1, 1995-June 30, 1999

Savvides, Michael C., July 1, 1978-June 30, 1986

Scassera, Donna L., July 1, 2015-June 30, 2019

Scribner, A. K., Sr., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1970

Sears, John R., Jr., February 4, 1977-June 30, 1984

Sessoms, The Hon. William D., Jr., July 1, 2014-June 30, 2018

Shumadine, Anne B., July 1, 1993-June 30, 1997

Slaughter, Maurice D., July 1, 2017-June 30, 2021

Smith, Lisa B., Esq., July 1, 2013-June 30, 2022

Spencer, Reid M., July 1, 1962-September 1, 1970

Spilman, Robert H., July 1, 1971-September 1, 1978

Stallings, Moody E. (Sonny), Jr., July 1, 2002-June 30, 2010

Stanton, Robert M., July 1, 1981-June 30, 1989

Stephens, A. E. S., July 1, 1968, June 30, 1972

Strelitz, Joyce, July 1, 1982-June 30, 1990

Strome, Mark E., July 1, 2004-June 30, 2008

Swystun, Judith O., July 1, 2012-June 30, 2016

Tata, Robert M. ’86, July 1, 2013-June 30, 2019

Treherne, Katherine A., July 1, 2003-July 9, 2010 *Passed away during second term

Treherne, Robert M., December 17, 2010-June 30, 2011

Tsao, Pat, July 1, 2004-June 30, 2008

V-Z

Valentine, Herman B., Sr., July 1, 1973-June 30, 1981

Villanueva, Ronald John A., July 1, 1998-June 30, 2002

Wagner, Joel R., July 1, 1999-June 30, 2003

Walker, Sybil M., March 30, 1990-June 30, 1994

Walters, Eugene, July 1, 1982-June 30, 1989

Warren, Lewis M., Jr., July 1, 1998-June 30, 2002

Washington, Robert E., Jr., July 1, 1987-June 30, 1995

Wentz, Robert W., Jr., September 1, 1978-May 1, 1982

Whitehurst, Charles B., Sr., July 1, 1984-June 18, 1987

Whittemore, Anne Marie, July 1, 1993-May 12, 1997

Whyte, Fred J., July 1, 2010-July 1, 2017 *Passed away during second term

Wiley, William C., July 1, 1989-June 30, 1993

Wilkerson, Woodrow W., July 1, 1962-April 1, 1966

Williams, Dr. Armistead, Jr., March 2020-July 1, 2023

Williams, Brenda T., July 1, 1987-June 30, 1992

Williams, Lois S., July 1, 1996-June 30, 2000

Wood, James W., July 1, 1962-June 30, 1968

Woolsey, Patricia M., July 1, 1999-June 30, 2007

Yon, Joseph L., September 1, 1972-June 30, 1979

Rectors of the Board of Visitors

1962-1970: Frank Batten

1970-1976: Francis N. Crenshaw

1976-1978: Edgar S. Everhart

1978-1982: Dorothy M. Doumar

1982-1984: M. Lee Payne

1984-1988: Robert M. Stanton

1988-1990: Richard F. Barry III

1990-1991: George Dragas, Jr.

1991-1992: James K. Hall

1992-1993: Hugo A. Owens, Sr., DDS

1993-1994: Arnold B. McKinnon

1994-1996: Arthur A. Diamonstein

1996-1997: Anne B. Shumadine

1997-1998: James F. Babcock

1998-2000: Edward L. Hamm, Jr.

2000-2002: Walter D. Kelly, Jr.

2002-2004: Frank Batten, Jr.

2004-2006: James A. Hixon

2006-2008: Marc Jacobson

2008-2010: Ross A. Mugler

2010-2012: David L. Bernd

2012-2014: Fred J. Whyte

2014-2016: Ronald C. Ripley

2016-2018: Carlton F. Bennett

2018-present: Lisa B. Smith

Resources

  1. Board of Visitors Records, RG 1, Special Collections and University Archives, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.
  2. Old Dominion University Photographic and Multimedia Collection, RG 32,  Special Collections and University Archives, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.
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