Randale L. Richmond arrived at Old Dominion University in February of 2015 as the Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Sport Administration, Compliance, and Student-Athlete Welfare. In his current role, he is responsible for the leadership, oversight, and supervision related to Student-Athlete Academic Services, Leadership Development, and NCAA Compliance, while also serving as the Sport Administrator for the baseball and men’s soccer programs. In addition, Richmond serves on a number of campus committees, including the Brother 2 Brother Steering Committee and the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence where he co-chairs the Student Engagement Subcommittee.
During his time at ODU, Richmond has successfully led the department through a NCAA Academic Performance Program Review, a Conference USA (C-USA) Compliance Audit, as well as an internal Institutional Control Review. Under his leadership, ODU has implemented a number of progressive student-athlete programs, including its first ever Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, all while achieving all-time highs in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores, and department Grade Point Average (GPA). In terms of Sport Administration, both the baseball and men’s soccer programs have realized great success in fundraising, classroom performance, and on the field with both teams earning national rankings and the men’s soccer program winning their second C-USA Championship in 2017.
Richmond is a current member of the National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC) Thought Leaders Group and has participated in the Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium, the D1A Athletics Director’s Institute, and the NAAC ACE Mentoring Program. He is also a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute where he was selected as the graduation speaker for the 2015 graduating class. In 2014, Richmond was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business list of ‘Who to Watch in Education’ and Kaleidoscope Magazine’s ‘40 Under 40 Club’ in 2013.
The Akron, Ohio, native comes to ODU from Kent State University, where he spent 10 years working in Student-Athlete Academic Services and Compliance. Richmond began as an Assistant Director of Compliance in 2006, before being elevated to the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance in 2010. He was then promoted to Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services & Compliance in 2012.
Richmond received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2004 with a major in history and a minor in sociology. He then earned his Master of Science in Education degree from Kent State in 2006.
Randale and his wife, Ja’Alycia, have two sons, Ramahn and Ramar, and one daughter, Jayla.