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:
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:
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.
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.