Camden Wood Selig became the director of athletics for Old Dominion University on July 1, 2010.
In three years, he has transformed the future for Monarch athletics, spearheading the University’s move to Conference USA this year and the transition of the football program to the FBS level.
Selig hit the ground running in 2010, implementing a new strategic plan for the department, upgrading athletic facilities, and directing fundraising projects for a new basketball practice facility and an indoor hitting center for baseball (set for completion in 2013-14).
Under his leadership, the 2012-13 athletic year was another brilliant year competitively for ODU teams and student-athletes, defining the department’s theme of “Championship Effort” on the fields of competition and in the classroom:
- NCAA post season appearances in football (2nd round), men’s soccer (2nd round), wrestling, and field hockey (Elite 8)
- ODU Athletics finished the 2012-13 year ranked 101 (out of 346 NCAA Division I programs) in the Learfield Cup Division I Standings, ahead of all CAA teams and 2nd among returning members of Conference USA
- Women’s golf was honored by the NCAA for their perfect APR score 1000 (and for the 2nd year recognized in the top 10% academically in the country) and 3 teams earned 990 or higher (field hockey, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse)
- Over half of ODU’s 450 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better during the 2012 fall semester and 5% of all ODU student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 in the spring of 2013
Selig’s personal approach with donors and fans has also reaped big benefits for the athletic program. In 2012-13, the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation achieved another record setting year with donations and its membership:
- over $4 million raised in donations to the Annual Fund
- ODAF membership exceeded its goal of 3,000 total members
- closing in on the $8 million fundraising goal for a new men’s and women’s basketball practice facility, with plans to break ground upon the completion of fundraising
- nearly $4 million has been raised towards its $5 million goal to transition to FBS Football and Conference USA, without raising student fees, in order to finance Old Dominion’s bold and ambitious move
“We have lofty goals and expectations within ODU Athletics,” says Selig. “We want to position our teams regularly to finish in the top quartile within their league race, knowing if they have such regular season success, national prominence and post season competition will follow. We are aggressively pursuing 10% annual growth for our primary income sources - ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, and private giving. We need to continue to expand our footprint of support for our program in order to accomplish these ambitious revenue goals.”
“Additionally, we will continue to strive for academic excellence and a quality intercollegiate athletic experience for all ODU student-athletes while serving as a source of pride for alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of ODU.”
A native of Norfolk and graduate of Norfolk Collegiate, Selig spent 11 years directing the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper program, which won 70 Sun Belt Conference championships since from 2000-2010 and a national- record 19 crowns during the 2008-10 seasons. He was a key figure in guiding the WKU football program’s move from NCAA Division I-AA to I-A in 2007, and he spearheaded more than $100 million in new construction and renovations of Hilltopper facilities. The Hilltoppers also won more individual Sun Belt academic honors than any other league school from 2005-2010.
“The appointment of Dr. Selig ensures that we will not only maintain ODU’s success, but also provide our program with the direction it needs to continue to grow and prosper. His experience as a strong fundraiser, along with his personnel and business leadership abilities and his background in sales and marketing, made him a solid choice for our search committee,” said ODU President John R. Broderick regarding Dr. Selig’s appointment in 2010.
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 recently served on the prestigious Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet as the CAA’s representative. Locally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Norfolk Collegiate School and the board of the Norfolk Forum.
Selig earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University, a master’s in sports administration from Ohio University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia with a minor in business from Darden.
Selig and his wife, Ellen Miller Selig of Annapolis MD, have three children, Lex, 16, Nick, 14, and Julianna, 9.