Education 2023: BRIAN O. HEMPHILL
PRESIDENT, OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY, NORFOLK
Hemphill arrived at Old Dominion in 2021 with big goals for the 93-year-old public R1 research university, like the April opening of the Hampton Roads Biomedical Research Consortium, a partnership among ODU, Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Sentara Health. The consortium aims to jumpstart scientific research and address health care disparities in the region.
So far during Hemphill’s tenure, ODU has received R1 research classification; launched a $500 million capital campaign; announced plans for a School of Data Science and a School of Supply Chain, Logistics, and Maritime Operations; and joined the Sun Belt Conference. In 2024, ODU will merge with EVMS, creating the Eastern Virginia Health Sciences Center at ODU.
Hemphill was previously Radford University’s president and led the creation of Radford University Carilion through a merger with the Jefferson College of Health Sciences. He also was president of West Virginia State University and has degrees from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Saint Augustine’s University.
Hemphill serves on the boards of Jefferson Science Associates and John Wiley & Sons and co-edited the book “College in the Crosshairs: An Administrative Perspective on Prevention of Gun Violence.”