$10 Million Donation to ODU

ODUAn Old Dominion University graduate and his wife have given the school $10 million, the second-largest individual gift in the university’s history. University President John Broderick announced the donation by Mark and Tammy Strome of Santa Monica, Calif., on Tuesday. Mark Strome is a hedge fund manager who received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from ODU in 1978. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the donation will be used to create a new entrepreneurial curriculum that will be based in the College of Business and Public Administration but will be available to students across the university. Broderick also announced a $1 million gift from Donna Fischer, president and CEO of Virginia Beach-based DLS Engineering Associates, to create an endowment to support student participation in interscholastic competitions.