Sunday, February 14, 2021

Old Dominion University selects Dr. Brian O. Hemphill as its first African-American president

Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors announced Friday that it selected, by unanimous vote, Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, the president of Radford University, to become the ninth president of Old Dominion this summer. Dr. Hemphill will be Old Dominion's first African American president.

Dr. Hemphill has led Radford since 2016 and has been hailed as an innovative and forward-focused leader there. He previously served as president of West Virginia State University for four years and vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Northern Illinois University for eight years.

With a strong background in student services, Dr. Hemphill has maintained a student-centered approach throughout his career, as well as a strong commitment to shared governance, diversity and inclusion.

He will be introduced to the community at a virtual "Get to Know President-Elect Hemphill" event at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

"It is both an honor and privilege to be selected as the ninth president of Old Dominion University, a dynamic public research institution that has proudly served the Hampton Roads region and positively impacted the Commonwealth of Virginia," Dr. Hemphill said.

"I must express my sincere appreciation to members of the Board of Visitors, the Presidential Search Committee, President Broderick and the campus community. My family and I are looking forward to becoming active members of Hampton Roads, making our home in Norfolk and proudly serving the Monarch family."

Dr. Hemphill will succeed President John R. Broderick, who is retiring as president after 28 years at Old Dominion and 13 years as its leader.


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