Jena Virga named executive director of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation

NORFOLK, Va. – President of Old Dominion University Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. and athletic director Dr. Wood Selig named Virgin Jena Executive Director of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (ODAF).

Virga, who joined ODAF in 2010, was appointed Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development to oversee day-to-day athletic development efforts at ODU in 2014. In the summer of 2021, she was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for development, a role in which she will continue to serve.

Working closely with the ODAF Board of Directors throughout her tenure, Virga successfully recruited 14 new ODAF Directors. Additionally, for more than a decade, she has helped the organization achieve over $120 million in philanthropic success, personally securing over $17 million of that record total.

Virga led the recent athletics fundraising initiative, beginning in July 2016, which raised nearly $60 million, 147% of the original athletics fundraising goal, at the supporting major capital projects, such as the $72 million renovation of SB Ballard Stadium, the $9 million fully privately funded The Mitchum Family Basketball Performance Center, the $1 million Paul Keyes Baseball Hitting Complex dollars and the start of the ODU women’s volleyball program.

In an expanded role as Executive Director of ODAF, she will be tasked and positioned to be the driving force behind all future philanthropic efforts relating to ODU sports facility capital projects, support for the improvement individual programs, endowment and planned giving efforts, and annual scholarship funding.

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