Jena Virga Returns to ODU to head Athletic Fund Raising
By ODU Athletics
Old Dominion University athletic director Dr. Wood Selig and Vice President Alonzo Brandon announced today that Jena Virga has been named the Assistant Vice President for Athletic Development and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development.
Virga served as the Director of Major Gifts for the ODAF from 2010-2014, departing the University in June for a similar senior development position with Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters.
"We are thrilled to bring Jena back to ODU as the Sr. Assoc. AD for Development. Given her recent highly successful tenure with the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, her knowledge of our donor base and the local corporate community, combined with her ability to lead co-workers and plan strategically for our fundraising future, Jena is the perfect and logical choice for Old Dominion athletics. I am confident our donors will enthusiastically welcome back Jena in her new role of directing the ODAF and our talented staff," says Selig.
Brandon added, "Jena is an excellent fit for ODU and our development staff with a great rapport with our donor base. I am thrilled to have her back at the University."
As Director of Major Gifts for ODAF, Virga was responsible for donor cultivation, major gift fundraising for capital projects, endowments, planned gifts and enhancement fundraising for the past three years. She served as the Director of Corporate/Special Events at CHKD from 1999-2007 and spent 12 years in the local banking indusry as a Senior Vice President for Princess Anne Commercial Bank, Vice President and Commercial Account Manager for Crestar Bank and an Assistant Vice President for Central Fidelity Bank. She holds a B.S. degree in business administration and an MBA from ODU, and has completed courses toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University.
Casey Cegles, who begins his third year on the ODAF staff, is now a Director of Major Gifts, the position formerly held by Virga. Ashley Green, a major gifts officer will now have oversight for all premium seating, including suite, loge, club and court-side seating at basketball. Drew Turner assumes the role as the Director of the Annual Fund for ODAF, while Sara Isenhour will supervise Donor Relations for the 3,100 ODAF members.
The Foundation has also announced that Alan Daniel has joined the staff as an Assistant Director for Athletic Development, assisting with the Annual Fund. Daniel comes to ODU after serving as a Development Assistant for the Army A Club at the U.S Military Academy. He previously served as an intern for major gifts for the Duke Club at James Madison, while earning a master of science degree at JMU. He holds a bachelor of science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech.
Virga replaces Mark Benson, who was named the athletic director at the University of Albany (NY) in August. She assumes her new role at ODU on Monday, Oct. 6.
The Old Dominion Athletic Foundation is celebrating it's 50th year at ODU as the primary fundraising arm for athletic scholarships and support. In 2013-14, the ODAF raised moire than $6.8 million toward athletic endowments, scholarships and sport enhancement support and surpassed 3,000 members for the first time in its history. For more information on the ODAF and to support the foundation, go to www.olddominionaf.com.