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Executive Committee:

John Dannon, President, Chair
Jan Edmunds, Vice President
Larry Kittelberger, Secretary
Morris Foster, Liaison Trustee

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams is 7th Dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include Faculty Development, Broadening Participation, International Collaborations, Team Effectiveness, Collaborative and Active Learning, and Quality Control and Management. She served as a Program Director in the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation. In 2003 she received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and in 2013 she was named a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education.


Dr. Augustine Agho became ODU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2016. The Provost is the chief academic official at ODU, with responsibility for all of our undergraduate and graduate education programs, our faculty and our accreditations.

Prior to becoming Provost at ODU, Dr. Agho served as Dean of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis for almost eight years.

He served as Founding Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at University of Michigan-Flint, and as faculty member and program director in Health Sciences at Florida A&M, and University of Illinois-Springfield.

Provost Agho received his Ph.D. from University of Iowa.


James E. Black, Jr., PE

James E. Black, Jr., PE is a founding partner and president of BBG Incorporated, located in Chesapeake, VA. For over thirty years, BBG has provided engineering design, product development, and manufacturing services, fielding products to every continent in the world.

Mr. Black is a graduate of Old Dominion University, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering (’80), and has served on the Engineering Advisory Board for over six years. Mr. Black is a proud supporter of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, providing support for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s football, and men’s and women’s sailing teams, in addition to the Frank Batten School of Engineering, providing funding for special projects and establishing the BBG Incorporated Endowed Scholarship in Engineering.

Mr. Black serves on several community and non-profit boards supporting health, welfare, and quality of life in the Hampton Roads area. He is an avid traveler and enjoys real estate investing in US and international properties. Mr. Black and his wife, Vickie, have two sons, two daughters, and enjoy beach life on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Va.

John Broderick

John Broderick was named the eighth president of Old Dominion University in May 2009 and served in an acting capacity since June 2008.

As president, Broderick guides the university's six colleges, more than 10 economic development and research centers, and numerous partnerships with government and business organizations and agencies. He oversees an operating budget of $441.3 million and more than 2,500 faculty and staff members.  He served as acting president for one year before being named president.

Prior to becoming president, Broderick served as vice president of institutional advancement and admissions and chief of staff to the president. His areas of responsibility included admissions, athletics, community and governmental relations, marketing, media relations, military affairs, special events and student financial aid.

In addition to his administrative duties, Broderick annually teaches graduate courses in the Darden College of Education. He also lectured on leadership at The University of Bologna, Italy during the summer of 2009.

He has been recognized for his contributions to higher education and the Hampton Roads community with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities' Humanitarian Award, the Urban League of Hampton Roads' Marian Palmer Capps Award, the College Communicators Association Distinguished Service Award and Lead Hampton Roads' Julian F. Hirst Award for excellence in community, civic and professional leadership. He was a finalist for the national PR News' Professional of the Year Award.

Throughout his career, Broderick has been actively engaged in numerous community and professional organizations. He currently is a board member of the Hampton Roads Partnership, Urban League and Virginia Beach Vision, and has served for many years as a youth soccer league coach in Chesapeake.

Prior to joining Old Dominion University, Broderick was a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh system and an administrator at St. Bonaventure University. He received a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and a graduate degree from St. Bonaventure.

  William H (Bill). Colden Jr., P.E. is a native of Hampton Roads and is currently Vice President of Richard Brady & Associates in charge of their Virginia Beach office. He received a BS in Engineering from ODU and a Master of Engineering Administration from The George Washington University. Mr. Colden retired from the Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command after 32 years of Federal service before entering the private sector. He has served on various boards for community and non- profit organizations. Mr. Colden is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

John H. Dannon is a senior defense analyst with the Joint and Army Experiment Division, of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Following a successful career as a U.S. Army Infantry officer, Mr. Dannon spent the last two decades leading experiment campaigns, wargames, and concept development activities on behalf of the Department of Defense, various Federal Agencies, industry, academia, and host of non-profit organizations. John holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Old Dominion University and served as a long-time member and past president of ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) Industry Association.

Gail Dodge, a faculty member in Old Dominion's Department of Physics since 1995, was appointed dean of the University's College of Sciences, effective May 25, 2017.

Dodge holds a Ph.D. and MS in Physics from Stanford University and a BA in Physics from Princeton University.

Dodge, who has strong affiliations with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News (Jefferson Lab), served as chair of the Department of Physics from 2005 to 2011, establishing the Center for Accelerator Science.

In 2015, she was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia, given to faculty who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, research and service.

She was the recipient of the Gene. W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award from ODU in 2012 and the Francis Slack Award from the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society in 2013. Dodge has worked hard to improve the learning and working environment for women in physics, both at Old Dominion and more widely. She has been active in efforts to improve the teaching of introductory physics courses and was one of the co-founders of the Physics Learning Center, where students can drop in for tutoring help.

From 2012 to 2014, Dodge served a two-year term as a visiting scientist and program manager at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. There she was responsible for the $17 million experimental nuclear physics program, including coordination with the Office of Nuclear Physics at the Department of Energy. Prior to working at NSF, she served as a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee, which advises DOE and NSF on priorities for nuclear science funding in the United States.

Dodge is principal investigator or co-PI of more than $13 million in grants and contracts throughout her career, co-author on 135 refereed papers with more than 8,000 citations. She established an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program, focusing on nuclear and accelerator physics in partnership with Jefferson Lab, which is now in its 11th year.

Major General (US Army Retired) Jeanette K. Edmunds

Major General (US Army Retired) Jeanette (Jan) K. Edmunds spent 32 years inside the Department of Defense executing the military aspects of America’s National Security Policy.  Upon retiring she became Senior Vice President for Logistics in a Defense Aerospace consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia.  In 2013 she retired from the consulting firm and established “Upper Right Business Strategies, LLC.” to carry on as an independent consultant.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for BRTRC, a privately held company that provides professional services to Federal Government agencies. She is a former member of the President’s Advisory Board for the South Carolina Research Authority’s Advanced Technology Institute and an Advisory Board Member for SCRA’s Institute for Solutions Generation. 

Currently, in addition to being a Trustee of the ODU Research Foundation, her charitable activities include being on the Board of Advisors for the Christopher Newport University Center for American Studies, a member of the Advisory Board for the Army Women’s Foundation and an Advisory Committee member for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Masters of Business Administration in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology.  She is a graduate of the Program Manager’s Course, Defense Acquisition University and the Army War College.

Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Association of the United States Army, the National Defense Industrial Association, Women in Defense and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

David K. Edwards

David K. Edwards is President and CEO of ARKS Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Edwards founded ARKS in 2016 to provide executive consulting to industry and engineering and technical services for the commercial and defense maritime markets. Before founding ARKS, Mr. Edwards was President and COO of W R Systems, Ltd., a systems engineering business serving international commercial and defense customers. He is a US Navy veteran and served in the first Gulf War. Mr. Edwards studied at the University of South Carolina and is considered a subject matter expert in position, navigation, and timing (PNT). Under his leadership, he and his organizations have won the coveted International Seatrade Maritime Award, The American Psychological Association’s Most Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award for North America, The Governor’s Technology Innovation Award, and the Old Dominion University, Batten College of Engineering and Technology (ODU BCET) Leadership Award. A CIVIC Leadership Institute graduate, he has been featured on CNBC and published in the Joint Services Data Exchange (JSDE) Journal for Guidance, Navigation and Control. Mr. Edwards currently serves as Chairman of the ODU BCET Advisory Board, on the Executive Committee of the Greater Norfolk Corporation and has previously served on the Governors Workforce Development board, Hampton Roads Technology Council Executive Committee, the Virginia Maritime Association Board and was a charter member of the Virginia Modeling and Analysis Center (VMASC) advisory board.

Dr. Morris W. Foster

Dr. Morris W. Foster is Vice President for Research at Old Dominion University and a Professor of Community and Environmental Health.

Dr. Foster received a BA from the University of Oklahoma in 1981 and went on to graduate work in anthropology at Yale University, earning an MPhil in 1984 and a PhD in 1988. Dr. Foster's initial research was in ethnohistory and ethnography, publishing Being Comanche: A Social History of an American Indian Community in 1991, which won the 1992 Erminie Wheeler-Voeglin Prize as the best book in ethnohistory from the American Society for Ethnohistory. Dr. Foster was editor of the American Indian Quarterly from 1993-1998.

Since 1995, Dr. Foster has been awarded four R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health in addition to other federal funding from NSF, HRSA, and CDC, for a total of more than $12m in independent research funding. He also has held leadership positions in large multi-million dollar institutional grants such as NIH General Clinical Research Center and Clinical and Translational Resource awards. His research in medical anthropology has focused on the involvement of communities and groups in genetic studies, on the relationship between race and genetics, and on the utility of personal genomic information. He has published articles in top tier journals such as Nature, American Journal of Human Genetics, Nature Genetics, American Journal of Public Health, and Nature Reviews Genetics.

Dr. Foster was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma from 1987 to 2014 and served as Special Assistant to the President, Associate Vice President for Research (Norman Campus), Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning (all campuses), Deputy Director for Cancer Prevention and Control for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resource, Director for Outreach for the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and Assistant Director of the OUHSC General Clinical Research Center. Dr. Foster is chair of the Ethics Advisory Board for Illumina, Inc., the leading manufacturer of sequencing instruments, and was co-chair of the Communication Group for the International Haplotype Map Project, a multi-national research consortium.

Larry Kittelberger Larry Kittelberger served as Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations at Honeywell International. In this position, he led Honeywell’s Engineering, Operations (Manufacturing, Logistics and Procurement), Information Technology, Real Estate and Global Security organizations. Larry has extensive experience in using technology to restructure large, complex, global corporations.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 2001, Larry was Senior Vice president and Chief Information Officer at Lucent Technologies Inc/Bell Laboratories, where he was responsible for global information systems, information systems architecture, and supply chain strategy.  From 1994 to 1999, Larry served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at AlliedSignal Inc. Earlier, Larry had a 25-year career at Tenneco, where he held a variety of senior leadership positions in engineering and information systems. 

Larry earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Pennsylvania State University in 1970 and an M.B.A. from Old Dominion University in 1975. 

Larry is currently a Director of the Leadership Capital Group, a former Director for Arbitron, Inc. (Chairman of the Compensation Committee, Chairman of the Technology Committee), Commonwealth Industries and Aleris International, Inc. He also served on the advisory boards of IBM, AT&T, the Pennsylvania State University College of Information Sciences and Technology and the MBA program at Old Dominion University. 

  Dawn L. Merkle is a partner in the Government Contracts practice at Willcox & Savage, P.C., where she represents clients in all aspects of state, local, and federal government contracting – from initial proposal to project close-out. Dawn previously served as assistant general counsel and corporate counsel on strategic projects for a large construction firm. Prior to that position, she was in private practice for a number of years.

She has served on several boards in Hampton Roads, including for the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council (President for 2 years) and the Norfolk NATO Festival (Education Committee Chair). Most recently, she served as Event Director for Engage Norfolk 2018.

Dawn received her J.D. from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Old Dominion University. She also has a Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University.

Jerry L. Nadler, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACE, is Professor and the Harry H. Mansbach Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine and Vice Dean of Research. Dr. Nadler had been Director of the Strelitz Diabetes Center (SDC) at EVMS but he stepped down from that post in the fall of 2013 to devote time to his new added role overseeing research at EVMS. He remains a key member of the SDC team.

Dr. Nadler has been a member of a Special Advisory Committee on Type I Diabetes with the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has research funding from the NIH as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Dr. Nadler has been a standing member of the ADA, American Heart, and NIH grant review committees. He has over 190 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific Journals in the field. He also has been an invited speaker at the American Diabetes Association, Australian Diabetes Association, World Diabetes Congress and International Meetings of the European Association of Diabetes.

His primary interest is the role of lipid and immune inflammatory pathways leading to pancreatic beta cell damage and better understanding of the cardiovascular complications of diabetes and obesity. He is also very active in developing new therapies to help prevent inflammatory damage to pancreatic islets and stopping the complications of diabetes. He holds 11 patents and has been involved in biotech start-up companies.
One of the genes he is working on is called the 12-Lipoxygenase gene. This gene has been associated with the heart, kidney and nerve damage complications of diabetes, and Dr. Nadler is now helping to develop new medications that can halt the damaging effects of this pathway. He also is studying new medications that can halt the inflammatory damage to pancreatic islets and reduce atherosclerosis.

Prior to joining EVMS in 2008, Dr. Nadler was Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Virginia, Co-Director of the Diabetes and Hormone Center of Excellence and Associate Director of the school’s NIH-funded Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center.

Dr. Nadler received his medical degree from the University of Miami, followed by specialized training at the University of Southern California. In 2011, he won the Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Award and was appointed in 2013 by the Governor’s office to sit on the Planning and Oversight Committee of the new Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation.  In 2014, Dr. Nadler was given the Laureate Award of the State Chapter of the American College of Physicians.


Mark A. Nelson, CPA is a resident of Chesapeake and a co-founding member of Cavanaugh Nelson PLC, Certified Public Accountants.  He has over twenty years of diversified public accounting experience serving businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the greater Hampton Roads region, including eleven with the local office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He received his Masters Degree in Accountancy from Virginia Tech and his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Liberty University.

Mark is a member of the American Institute and the Virginia Society of CPAs, and serves as a board member of the Hampton Roads Tax Forum. Mark has previously served the local chapters of the American Heart Association and United Way, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation, and the planning committee for the Old Dominion University Tax Conference.  Additionally, during his career, Mark has taught continuing education programs sponsored by the Virginia Society of CPAs and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was a graduate teaching assistant while attending Virginia Tech. 

Margaret M. Roomsburg has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance in the healthcare industry. She served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Amerigroup Corporation from February 2007-December 2012 until Amerigroup was acquired by Anthem. Previously, Ms. Roomsburg served as Controller. Prior to joining Amerigroup, Ms. Roomsburg was the Director of Finance for Options Mental Health. Ms. Roomsburg graduated from Old Dominion University in May 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Roomsburg is a certified public accountant.

Scott E. Singor, CFA

Charles T. Southall, P.E.

Charles T. Southall, P.E. currently serves as Chief Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding. He is responsible for the principles and practice of engineering and marine design for all Newport News products from the concept stage through the creation of detailed engineering products including new construction aircraft carrier and submarine engineering products and engineering services provided to the active fleet.  Charles brings over 26 years of marine engineering experience to this position.  

Charles began his career with Newport News in 1986 as an engineering cooperative education student.  Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Los Angeles-class submarine construction program and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility to include project engineer, engineering supervisor, engineering manager and program director.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director – Submarine Engineering.

Charles has a Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University with Professional Engineer certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He currently resides in Poquoson, Virginia, with his wife and two children. 

Charles is an active member of the Naval Submarine League and he is a sitting Board Member of the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers.  In his free time, Charles is an avid saltwater fisherman.  He is a past President and current Board Member of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association.  He also serves as Vice Chair of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Board.