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Dr. Camden Wood Selig
Position: ODU Athletic Director
Experience: 5 Years

Dr. Camden Wood Selig begins his sixth year as Director of Athletics at Old Dominion University, where his “Championship Effort” philosophy has helped to guide the department as one of the most respected and successful intercollegiate programs in the nation.

During his tenure, Selig has directed the University’s move to Conference USA, overseen the transition of the football program to the FBS level, and led major athletic facility expansion and enhancement for virtually all 18 programs.

One of the most dramatic and gratifying accomplishments for Selig has been the academic success of the 18 intercollegiate teams.  Highlights from 2014-15 include:

  •  140 student athletes (31%) earned Dean’s List honors with a 3.4 or higher GPA
  •   ODU led all C-USA schools, for the second straight year, with 240 student athletes on the league’s honor roll with a 3.0 or higher.
  •   Men’s golf and women’s soccer were recognized by the NCAA for perfect four-year Academic Progress Rate scores, while six teams earned one-year scores of 1000, and all teams scored above 950.
  • Monarch teams have performed well on the playing fields also under Selig, highlighted by:
  • Five Conference Championships since 2010, including men’s soccer earning ODU’s first C-USA title in 2014 and football’s CAA regular season title in 2012.
  •  56 Post Season Appearances, led by two consecutive FCS championships appearances by football in 2011 and 2012, a Final Four appearance by field hockey in 2011, four straight NCAA appearances by men’s soccer, the men’s basketball team’s semifinal appearance in the NIT at Madison Square Garden in 2015 and 30 wrestlers qualifying for the NCAA championships since 2010.
  • 36 All Americans.

One needs only to visit the ODU campus to see Selig’s contribution to the growth and improvement of Monarch athletic venues.  Since his arrival, Selig has spearheaded private donations for the following projects:

  • ·      The Mitchum Basketball Performance Center, an $8.4 million facility, which breaks ground in the fall of 2015.
  •  A $3.5 million expansion of the L. R. Hill facility for football, expected to break ground in late summer 2015.
  •   The addition of a $2.3 million video scoreboard, LED ribbon boards and digital tables for the Ted Constant Convocation Center for the 2015-16 season.
  •   The $500,000 Paul A. Keyes Indoor Hitting Complex, which opened in the fall of 2014.
  •   Over $400,000 for indoor and outdoor “WOW Factor” improvements and enhancements for all athletic venues.

Selig also currently serves as a member of the University’s executive steering committee, studying the opportunities and feasibility of a new football stadium on campus with expected recommendations in 2016.

As collegiate athletic costs continue to rise, Selig has placed a high priority on increasing revenue, with a goal of 10 percent annual growth. Since his arrival in 2010, athletics has exceeded those goals every year.

  •  Donations to support the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation annual fund have jumped from $2.73 million in 2010 to $4.3 million in 2014-15.
  •    Total philanthropic gifts to athletics have surpassed $37.5 million since 2010-11.
  •   Corporate sponsorship revenue facilitated by ODU Sports Properties, a division of OUTFRONT Media, has generated $12.7 million in gross revenue since 2010-11, including a record $3.2 million in 2014-15.
  •  Annual athletic ticket revenue has increased from $1.5 million to $4.3 million during the past four years.

Community outreach and support has been a priority under Selig’s leadership. Selig spearheaded the return of the Khedive Shriners’ Oyster Bowl game to Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium in 2011 and helped raise over $100,000 for the Shriners’ Children’s Burn Hospital.  Monarch student athletes, coaches and staff members donated over 1,000 hours of community service in 2014-15. Two athletic partnerships were recognized by President Obama’s administration for excellence in community service., including Education Day, a partnership with women’s basketball and the Norfolk elementary schools, and football’s involvement with the Special Olympics.

Selig spent 11 years directing the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper program, which won 70 Sun Belt Conference championships from 2000-2010 and a national record 19 crowns during the 2008-10 seasons. During his tenure, Selig was instrumental is raising more than $39 million for athletic facilities improvements and construction, as well as doubling the athletic budget in his last five years.

Prior to his stint at WKU, Selig served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Virginia for from 1988-1999, overseeing external operations his last five years.  He began his athletic career as the Director of Ticketing for Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served from 1985-1988.

Selig was a four year member (2006-2010) of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee and served as chair for both the Sun Belt Conference Athletic Directors and the Men’s Basketball Committees during his tenure at WKU. He has served on the prestigious Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet and locally is a Board of Trustees member for the Norfolk Collegiate School and serves on the board of the Norfolk Forum. He was named the Tom Ferguson Metropolitan Person of the Year award by the Norfolk Sports Club in 2014, symbolic of his impact on the region’s sports profile. 

Selig was born in Chapel Hill, NC, and raised in Norfolk, VA, where he attended Norfolk Collegiate School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University, a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, with a minor in business from the UVA Darden School of Business.

Selig and his wife Ellen of Annapolis, MD, have three children, Lex, 18, a freshman at Western Kentucky University, Nick, 16, and Julianna, 11, who both attend Norfolk Collegiate School.

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