Marie V. McDemmond
9 Years of Active Service ~ 1997-2006
Marie V. McDemmond is the first woman to lead Norfolk State University, first African-American woman to serve as president of a four-year college in Virginia; initiated the student ACCESS program and improved academic advising for freshmen; implemented Position Flexibility Plan for faculty and standardized the university’s tenure policy; developed an evaluation mechanism to be used statewide for institutional performance agreements (IPA) by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) through participation in the Secretary of Education’s IPA pilot program; led the most successful Annual Fund campaign in the university’s history by raising $1.4M; first college president to be named as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army of Virginia; secured capital funding and funding commitments for improvements to infrastructure and the construction of the RISE Center; named to President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; first African-American woman to head any of the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers regions.
McDemmond has been recognized by Outstanding Young Women of America, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Florida’s National Association of Women Business Owner’s (NAWBO), Women Who Make a Difference, and the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s “Glass Ceiling” and “Women of Achievement” awards.
Degrees: Ed.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst MA., University of New Orleans B.S., Xavier University