ODU Selects Inaugural Maritime Leader | Your money


Norfolk, VA, July 12 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Old Dominion University’s national search for a one-of-a-kind leader fully focused on the institution’s maritime efforts has resulted in the selection of Elspeth McMahon as associate vice president. for Maritime Initiatives starting July 10. This new position was created following the deliberations of a task force convened by ODU and co-led by John “Dubby” Wynne and Nancy Grden to identify areas where the University could help catalyze economic development in Hampton. Roads.

Subsequently, ODU and the Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative for Growth & Innovation (HRMC) commissioned a report entitled “A Pathway for Maritime Innovation in Hampton Roads”, which was prepared by TEConomy Partners. innovation and workforce support for the marine industry.President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., unveiled the report and ODU National Research for the Associate Vice President for Marine Initiatives in the fall of 2021.

“I am pleased to welcome Elspeth to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Hampton Roads and Monarch Nation,” President Hemphill said. “She has a strong background and direct international experience that will be so essential in our continued efforts to increase our impact in the region and across the state, as well as to gain national and international recognition for our long-standing contributions to the maritime .”

Earlier this month, following Board of Visitors approval, ODU announced the upcoming establishment of the ODU School of Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Operations, a step key to making maritime a signature force, as well as meeting industry supply needs. training and research on chain and logistics. As Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives, McMahon will coordinate ODU’s extensive and varied programs, outreach and services that engage with maritime businesses in the region to increase engagement and better meet the needs of external stakeholders in the growth of the maritime sector, including port logistics and supply chain. ; shipbuilding and repair; naval support; offshore wind power; and coastal resilience.

McMahon has a diverse maritime background, including experience as a Chartered Merchant Seaman, Assistant Professor of Maritime Transportation at SUNY Maritime College, and Commander in the United States Navy Reserves. She is highly skilled in leadership, management and industry awareness, backed by nearly two decades of direct experience and extensive shipping education and training. She holds an active US Coast Guard Chief Captain’s License and is completing a PhD in Nautical Science at the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Maritime Academy in Belgium.

As an innovative leader in the field, McMahon is directly involved in the future of maritime technology as a member of the Association of Belgian Shipowners Autonomous Ship Think Tank and is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology. She strives to grow and excel at sea and ashore.

“The maritime industry invisibly touches everything we see,” she said. “In an era of rapid technological advancements, it is essential that we are at the forefront of the direction this industry is taking. ODU recognizes its potential to position itself as a leader in all things maritime. By continuing to collaborating with external stakeholders, embracing technology and innovation and advocating for entrepreneurship, we can create a diverse and dynamic maritime workforce that can strengthen and shape the future of the maritime economy at Hampton Roads. I’m proud to be a part of this journey.”

The national search was chaired by Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) Executive Director and Associate Vice President Eric Weisel, Ph.D., and Grden, with support from Julie Tea of ​​Storbeck Search. Along with sharing his appreciation for the members of the search committee, as well as members of the campus community and local industry representatives, Dr. Weisel said, “The selection of Elspeth is another signal that the ODU’s research and service mission is well on its way to unprecedented heights. in the months and years to come.

Vice President for Research Morris Foster, Ph.D., who oversees ODU’s research enterprise, including VMASC, said, “I look forward to Elspeth’s many contributions as she joins Office of Research team and works diligently with members of the campus community and the wider region in making ODU the nation’s top R1 university for workforce development and innovation maritime work.


About Old Dominion University:

Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia’s forward-thinking public doctoral research university with approximately 23,500 students, rigorous academics, a vibrant residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion dollars a year to Virginia’s economy.


Inaugural ODU Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives

Joe Garvey Old Dominion University 757-683-6479 jgarvey@odu.edu

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