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A.D. Leaving WKU And Heading To Old Dominion
Camden Wood Selig, Ph.D. has been athletic director for Western Kentucky University for 11 years. He is leaving to pick up the same duties for Old Dominion in Virginia.
Old Dominion will name Wood Selig, the athletic director at Western Kentucky, as its new AD, sources are revealing.
Selig will succeed Jim Jarrett, who is retiring in June after 40 years.
While at WKU, Selig oversaw the expansion of the program’s facilities that was unprecedented. His push to renovate and reduce the seating capacity of E.A. Diddle Arena to make room for luxury boxes was met with skepticism. But Selig persevered and fans agree now that the home court advantage has been improved because of the smaller seating capacity.
Selig also was the driving force behind the move to double the size of the football stadium and move the team to Division 1 football after their national championship in 2002 in Division 11. In addition to turning around the program financially, he oversaw a $50 million expansion of the football stadium, part of the $100 million in new construction and renovations to the school’s athletic facilities.
The athletic program at WKU Selig took over had a deficit in the fiscal year before his arrival.
In 2006, he was also instrumental in the school’s successful move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Since 2006, Selig has been part of the NCAA women’s basketball committee.
In 2009, Western Kentucky reported that it had more athletes honored for academic achievement in the previous five years than any other Sun Belt school.
Selig, a graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been athletic director at Western Kentucky since 1999 and previously worked at Virginia for 11 years, serving as associate athletic director for external operations.
Under Selig the Hilltoppers:
-won 65 Sun Belt Conference championships during Selig’s tenure.
-spent $50 million on a renovation of the school’s football stadium
-moved the football program from FCS (formerly Division I-AA) play to the FBS (I-A) level in 2007.
Selig, was a part the U.Va. staff as the director of sports promotions in 1988 and was promoted to assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions in 1990. He started in college athletics at Ohio University, working his way up to assistant to the AD.
Selig earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1985 and his doctorate in higher education at U.Va. in 1999.