ODU Board of Visitors

Frank Batten

Frank Batten served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion College, now Old Dominion University (ODU), from 1962 to 1973,  and was the first Rector of the Board of Visitors from 1962-1970. From 1955-1962, Batten was a member of Director Lewis W. Webb, Jr.’s Advisory Board which advised Webb on administrative members and… read more »

Dr. Hugo A. Owens, Sr.

Dr. Hugo A. Owens served on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 1990-1994, becoming the first African American Rector during the 1992-1993 fiscal year. Service to Hampton Roads and ODU Born on January 21, 1916 in Portsmouth, Virginia, he attended I.C. Norcom High School and Virginia State College. After graduation, he began to teach… read more »

Board of Visitors

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… read more »