Division of Digital Transformation and Technology

Stanley Pliska Teaching a Television Course, 1958
Stanley Pliska Teaching a Television Course, 1958

The Division of Digital Transformation and Technology is one of the administrative units at Old Dominion University (ODU). The leader of the unit is the Vice President for Digital Transformation and Technology. The division oversees ODU Global Administration, Continuing Education, Digital Innovation, Digital Learning Marketing and Outreach, Digital Learning Student Experience, Information Technology Services (ITS), Research Institute for Digital Innovation in Learning (RIDIL), and Technology Solutions. The main offices of the division are located in Albert Brooks Gornto, Jr. Hall.


Distance learning has been a part of the curriculum at ODU as far back as 1931, when the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary partnered with Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) to offer the first two years of their engineering program in Norfolk. By the early 1950s, the Norfolk Division began to teach classes through the use of televisions through partnerships with local stations. By the 1990s, ODU had created three off-site higher education centers in Hampton, Virginia (ODU Peninsula Center), Virginia Beach, Virginia (ODU Virginia Beach Center), and Suffolk, Virginia (ODU Tri-Cities Center). In 1994, ODU launched the innovation TELETECHNET program, which made use of satellites to teach courses throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The Ships at Sea program, established in 1997, even taught classes on the U.S.S. George Washington for active duty sailors of the U.S. Navy. By 2014, with the elimination of the satelites, these distance learning courses were taught through ODUOnline.  In July 2022, the Division of Digital Learning was created, and ODUOnline was renamed ODU Global. As of July 1, 2024, with the merger of ODU and Eastern State Medical School (EVMS), the Division of Digital Learning and the Office of Information Technology Services merged to create the new Division of Digital Transformation and Technology.

Vice Presidents for Digital Transformation and Technology

2022-Present: Nina Rodriguez Gonser


  1. ODU Global Website, Old Dominion University.
  2. Vice President for Administration and Finance Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.