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ODU Board of Visitors to Appoint New Faculty, Discuss Renaming of Graduate Program

ODU Board of Visitors to Appoint New Faculty, Discuss Renaming of Graduate Program
Jason Kazi
Staff Writer

The ODU Board of Visitors will be discussing new faculty and staff appointments and receive updates on ongoing campus construction projects at their meeting on Thursday, April 21.

Audit Committee:

The committee will be discussing audits at the university currently in progress and upcoming. Current audits include: the Office of Counseling Services, Strategic Communication & Marketing, NCAA Compliance – Recruitment, Title IX and Academic Advising, Third-Party Hosted Systems, Distance Learning and Accounts Payable – Vendor Payments. Upcoming audits include: Campus Network, Payroll Processing, Sensitive Data Federal/State IT Compliance and the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC).

Academic and Research Advancement Committee:

The committee is expected to recommend 30 faculty appointments, 28 administrative appointments and 24 emeritus/emerita appointments. Faculty appointments planned are made up of 12 instructors in the College of Arts and Letters, six instructors in the College of Sciences, five instructors in the College of Business, three instructors in the College of Education, three instructors in the College of Health Sciences and one instructor in the College of Engineering and Technology.

Mr. Charles Bankin will be appointed as assistant football coach and instructor with a proposed salary of $100,000. Bankin comes to ODU from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Robert E. Clark will be appointed as director of the military activities liaison and special projects office with a proposed salary of $125,000.

Dr. Mandalyn Gilles will be appointed as director of assessment and planning for student engagement and enrollment services with a proposed salary of $78,000. Dr. Gilles comes to ODU from the Virginia Beach Public School System.

Mr. Christopher Harmon will be appointed as assistant men’s soccer coach with a proposed salary of $38,000. Harmon was previously an assistant women’s soccer coach and director of soccer operations for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at ODU.

Ms. Julie Hodge will be appointed as assistant field hockey coach with a proposed salary of $42,342. Hodge previously served as volunteer assistant coach for the field hockey team in 2015.

Mr. Darius James will be appointed as assistant director of athletic development with a proposed salary of $45,000. James has served as athletic coordinator for Florida State University.

Ms. Joy Jefferson will be appointed as associate vice president for alumni relations with a proposed salary of $130,000. Jefferson has served as vice president for external relations at Hampton University.

Mr. Christopher Malone will be appointed as offensive run game coordinator with a proposed salary of $85,000. Malone has served as an offensive line coach and run game coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Ms. Jacki Stein will be appointed as director of research development with a proposed salary of $75,000. Stein has served as a grant development specialist in the office of research at ODU.

Ms. Dennisse Thillet will be appointed as director of student outreach and support with a proposed salary of $57,000. Thillet has served as director of hispanic/latino outreach at Hampton University.

Mr. Philip Walzer will be appointed as editor of Monarch Magazine with a proposed salary of $78,000. Walzer was a lead writer for the Virginian-Pilot for over twenty years.

The committee will also be reviewing a proposal to rename the office of graduate studies to the Old Dominion University Graduate School.

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A chart provided by the Office of Academic Affairs showing graduate enrollment rates have dipped recently.

The creation of a graduate school will demonstrate that graduate education is an integral part of the university mission, provide for strategies to more efficiently devote resources to graduate education, enhance student support initiatives for graduate students, strengthen the University’s identity as a research institution, and assist in the coordination of interdisciplinary graduate programs.

Administration and Finance Committee:

The committee will hear a progress update on campus capital projects. These include the new student union design project, the basketball practice facility, the L.R. Hill Sport Center expansion, the new education building, the new residential dining facility and the football stadium study.

The university awarded a design contract in November of last year to Moseley Architects with WTW Architects. The design team has been gathering student, faculty and staff input since winter and continues to do so. The team is also looking into swing programmatic space while construction is underway. The schematic phase of the building’s design is expected to be complete by the middle of summer with the full design being completed by late 2017 and construction starting shortly after.

Construction of the $8 million basketball practice facility behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center is now underway with vertical construction beginning in May and substantial completion of the building by the end of the calendar year.

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A recent nighttime photo of the new College of Education building nearing completion at the intersection of West 43rd Street and Hampton Boulevard.

Installation of food service equipment at the new $25 million residential dining facility is expected by the end of the current month. Substantial

The $4 million expansion of the L.R. Hill Sports Facility is now underway with under-slab and foundation work currently underway and substantial completion expected by the end of the calendar year.

Finishing touches are being given to the new $42 million College of Education building on the intersection of Hampton Boulevard and West 43rd Street. The building will be substantially complete by August with faculty moving in in the fall and classes in the new building starting in the spring of 2017.

completion is expected by July 1st, with the facility opening to the ODU community by the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Populous and Moseley Architects have been involved with the new stadium design study. Initial results of the study were presented to the stadium design committee in January and a final report with recommendations is expected to be presented to the committee next month.