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Mark & Jill Mansfield

Mark & Jill Mansfield

Are you an alumnus of ODU?
       An extremely proud alumnus with an undergraduate degree in Economics in 1977 and Professional Financial Planner designation in 1995.

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?
         Attending the NCAA Division II national basketball championship in 1975 (the school's first national championship) featuring the "Runnin Monarchs" of Head Coach Sonny Allen and stars Wilson Washington, Oliver Purnell, and Jeff Fuhrmann. What a fantastic year!

Why do you support ODU athletics and its student-athletes?
        I firmly believe that a well rounded college experience should contain academics, athletics, and a social life, in that order.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?
A growing blend of on campus students combined with those who commuted to campus, such as myself.

What makes you most proud of ODU?
      I had offers to go to bigger schools such as the University of Virginia, however, remaining close to home and family was a choice that I made and I'm glad that I chose that educational path. I am particularly proud of the growth in the engineering and business programs. 

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?
        Dynamic as I feel that the school is a force that stimulates progress, a prime example of which is taking a lead role in the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding climate change, specifically in identifying the flooding impacts of sea level rise on the communities in Hampton Roads.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
         I've retired after 31 plus years working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Old Dominion University gave me the opportunity to compete and prosper in an engineering environment.