ODU Presidents

John R. Broderick

John R. Broderick became the eighth president of Old Dominion University following the resignation of Roseann Runte in 2008. Since then, President Broderick has been a champion for inclusiveness at Old Dominion. He implemented a reorganization of the Office of Affirmative Action into the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, created the Office of Intercultural Relations, and set… read more »

Roseann Runte

Roseann Runte, president of Victoria University in Toronto, Canada, became Old Dominion University’s seventh and first female president following the retirement of James V. Koch in 2001. After several attempts had failed over the years, President Runte led a successful campaign to revive the football program after a more than 60-year absence. Dr. Runte supported undergraduate… read more »

James V. Koch

James V. Koch, president of the University of Montana, became the sixth president of Old Dominion University in 1990 after William B. Spong Jr.’s 18-month term as interim president. In the realm of academics, President Koch raised admissions standards, increased enrollment and retention, established the university’s innovative TELETECHNET distance learning program, and developed niche areas for… read more »

William B. Spong, Jr.

When President Marchello resigned in 1988, the board of visitors selected William B. Spong Jr. to serve an 18-month term as interim president of Old Dominion University. A former US senator who also served in the Virginia General Assembly for 12 years, Dr. Spong previously served as dean of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at… read more »

Joseph M. Marchello

Joseph M. Marchello, chancellor of the University of Missouri at Rolla, became the fourth president of Old Dominion University upon the retirement of Alfred B. Rollins Jr. in 1985. President Marchello brought energy and ability to the position and set ambitious plans for the development of the university, some that materialized after his tenure. Upon his… read more »

Alfred B. Rollins, Jr.

Alfred B. Rollins ,Jr. became the third president of Old Dominion University in 1976 upon the retirement of James L. Bugg, Jr. President Rollins expanded the university’s state and private funding, revamped student services, and added a new general education program for undergraduates. Rollins also broadened Old Dominion’s emphasis on marine science and added an… read more »

James L. Bugg, Jr.

 James L. Bugg Jr. was personally recruited by Rector Frank Batten in 1969 to become president upon the retirement of Lewis W. Webb Jr. President Bugg’s mission was to transition Old Dominion from a college to a university. He was able to grow the university despite resistance from state legislators and other Virginia schools that… read more »

Lewis W. Webb, Jr.

Lewis W. Webb, Jr., the first President of Old Dominion University (ODU), was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 1, 1910. A graduate of Maury High School, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1931 and Master of Science degree in 1932 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg. He served as an Instructor of Physics… read more »