Administrative Search

Vice President, Administration & Finance Finalists

There are three finalists for the Vice President of the Division of Administration & Finance position who will be visiting the campus on May 13, May 14 and May 15, 2014. We encourage the University community to attend the open forums scheduled for each candidate.

If you have any questions, you may contact Susan Sanders who is providing administrative support to the search committee, at x3301. 


Robert Fenning

Campus Open Forum
Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:00-1:00 pm
LIB South 1940

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 Mr. Fenning has served as the Vice President for Administration & Finance at Old Dominion University (ODU) for the past 14 years. ODU is a doctoral, research university with a mission focus as an urban, metropolitan university with diverse student enrollment, many of whom are first-generation students. The University’s current Education & General Operating Budget is in excess of $250 million with an Auxiliary Services Operating Budget of $101 million. Mr. Fenning joined ODU in 1996 as the Associate Vice President for Administration & Finance and also served as the Executive Director of the University’s Real Estate Foundation. 

Mr. Fenning manages the administrative and business services of the University, including the information technology/communications organization. As Vice President, he has also managed Human Resources, Public Safety, student records/registration, financial aid, housing/residential life, and economic development. As Executive Director of the Foundation, he directed the successful implementation of a 13-city block, $310 million mixed-use redevelopment initiative adjacent to the campus. 

In addition to his service at ODU, he has held similar positions at the University of Idaho, Wright State University, and Winston-Salem State University. In these varied public, higher education settings, he has been the primary planning and budget officer tasked with effecting greater linkage among institutional data/information, planning, and resource allocation. He has also consulted with several institutions with strategic planning. Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Fenning was the Director of Community Development at a mid-size city responsible for land use planning, community development, and economic development. 

He describes himself as a planner/implementer. In this role, he has been engaged in large-scale efforts such as business process management, “birthing” the metropolitan university model, converting a predominantly commuter campus to a more residential one, initiating an institutional sustainability program, starting intercollegiate football, mission realignment, and others. 

Mr. Fenning received his baccalaureate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Economics. After serving as a USAF officer, he attended Stetson University doing graduate work in American Studies. He received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia. 

He is a frequent presenter at both regional and national NACUBO, SCUP, NACAS, and other professional association meetings. He is active in his community with the Urban Land Institute, the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Norfolk Corporation, and other community based organizations.