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Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public research university in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary. ODU awarded its first bachelor's degrees in 1956, became Old Dominion College in 1962, and attained university status in 1969.ODU offers a full range of degree programs and is one of the nation's largest providers of online distance learning courses.


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The foundations of Old Dominion University began in the minds of administrators and officials at the College of William and Mary in the first decades of the twentieth century. Notable among these men were Robert M. Hughes, a W&M Board of Visitors member from 1893�1917, and J.A.C. Chandler, the 18th president of that school. With the collective efforts of many, a two-year branch division was established on March 13, 1930, and first held classes in September of that year with 206 students (125 men and 81 women). �The Division,� as it was affectionately called, started out in the old Larchmont School building and allowed people with less means to attend a school of higher education for two years. Tuition for the first year was 50 USD. The following September, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, more commonly known as Virginia Tech, began offering classes at �The Division,� expanding the number of courses taught. Created in the first year of the Great Depression, the college benefited from federal funding as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt�s New Deal. The Public Works Administration provided funds for the Administration Building, now Rollins Hall, and Foreman Field, named after A.H Foreman, an early proponent of the college.From these humble beginnings the college grew southward along Hampton Boulevard, turning an empty field into a sprawling campus. After completion at the Norfolk Division, students would move on to schools offering degrees or would seek careers locally. �The Division� began by educating teachers and engineers. In 1962, it became an autonomous four-year college under the name Old Dominion College. Considerable growth in enrollment, the expansion of research facilities and preparation for the addition of graduate programs led the Board to seek and receive university status in 1969. Since this time, the university has continued to grow and now has an enrollment of over 24,000 students.

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Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement.



Ben Bailey 2009 Host of Cash Cab Bootie Barker 1994 NASCAR crew chief Kent Bazemore 2 NBA player (Los Angeles Lakers) Michael Bloomfield 1993 Space Shuttle and ISS Astronaut, graduated from ODU with a master's in engineering management Derrick Borte Director Cal Bowdler 1999 Former player for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks Tony Brothers 1986 NBA Referee 1994 to present - Officiated 2012 & 2013 NBA Finals Paul Diamond (Tom Boric) Professional wrestler, most notably in WWE. Played soccer at ODU. Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen) Attended Retired professional wrestler, most notably in the National Wrestling Alliance. Tom DiCillo American film director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He graduated from Old Dominion University before attending film school at NYU Anne Donovan 1983 women's basketball player; 1983 Naismith College Player of the Year (the first woman to win that award); gold medalist as a player in the Summer Olympics in 1984 and 1988; coached the gold medal team in 2008; coached the Charlotte Sting to the 2001 WNBA finals and the 2004 Seattle Storm to the 2004 league title; inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 Thelma Drake Attended member of the United States House of Representatives Sherman Edwards 2004 Actor/Comedian Samuel Face inventor and co-developer of advances in concrete & piezoelectric technologies William J. Fallon 1982 U.S. Navy Admiral; Commander of United States Central Command Chris Gatling 1991 former National Basketball Association player Kenny Gattison 1986 former NBA player Mills E. Godwin Jr. two-term Governor of Virginia Wayne Gomes former Major League Baseball player Adrienne Goodson 1988 WNBA basketball player Benjamin S. Griffin 1969 Four-star General in the U.S. Army. He assumed the duties of Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command on November 5, 2004. = Jay Harris 1987 Professional Sportscaster and ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Odell Hodge 1997 men's basketball player Henry Howell served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Chad Hugo Attended musician and producer in the Neptunes, also in rock group N.E.R.D.. Briefly attended Old Dominion University on a music scholarship. T. J. Jordan 2008 women's basketball player Kenna musician Maya Angelou Attended Poet Ann Hitch Kilgore mayor of Hampton, Virginia 1963�71 and 1974�78 Jack Temple Kirby historian of the Southern United States awarded the Bancroft Prize for his 2006 book Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South. Nancy Lieberman 2000 women's basketball player, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, Silver medalist in the 1976 Summer Olympics and two-time (1979 and 1980) Wade Trophy recipient Lashawn Merritt 2008 400m and 4x400m Olympic Gold Medalist Izak van der Merwe 2005 Professional tennis player Tommy Newsom assistant director of "The Tonight Show" band Shomi Patwary Director Dan Peek Musician in the band America Ticha Penicheiro WNBA basketball player with the Sacramento Monarchs L. Glenn Perry Chief Accountant of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (1982-1984) and Senior Partner of KPMG John Peters former foreign service officer in Vietnam, India, and Nepal Oliver Purnell 1975 current Division I men's basketball coach at DePaul University Jodi Rell Governor of the State of Connecticut Deborah Shelton winner of Miss USA 1970, and first runner-up Miss Universe 1970, acted in TV shows such as Dallas, Fantasy Island, The A-Team, T.J. Hooker, The Fall Guy, Cheers, The Love Boat and Nip/Tuck. Frank Sturgis Watergate burglar, CIA operative Terrie Suit Virginia Secretary of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates Dave Twardzik former NBA player Mark West 1983 former NBA basketball player Valdas Vasylius 2007 basketball player Brandon Vera Attended UFC mixed martial artist Justin Verlander Major League Baseball pitcher Daniel Hudson 2008 Major League Baseball pitcher



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