Dr. Richard T. Cheng was appointed to the Board of Visitors on July 1, 2013. He currently serves as a member of the Academic & Research Advancement and Institutional Advancement Committees.
Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined Old Dominion University in June, 1979, as Eminent Professor of Computer Science. He also served as department chair and associate dean and established the Department of Computer Science at the University.
Dr. Cheng served as senior consultant, National Computer Network, for Saudi Arabia and established the Computer Science College at King Saudi University in 1983. From 1987 to 2006, he served as chairman and CEO of ECI Systems and Engineering. In 1991, he served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Commerce Mission to China. He has been founder and chairman of the Chinese-America
Dr. Cheng has been a member of the U.S. Committee of 100 since 1994 and is founder and chairman of the Chinese-American Foundation for Americans, a position he has held since 2010. He was co-chair of the Virginia Task Force on Computer Science for Virginia College from 1981-1982 and has served as a member of the Governor's Economic Planning Congress (1996-2000), Operation Smile Board of Directors (1994-2006), National Defense University Foundation Board (1988-1996), Sentara Health Systems Board of Directors (1998-2012), Sentara Health Systems Board of Trustees (1998-2012), and Virginia Aquarium Board of Trustees (1995-99 and 2008-13).
Among his many honors and awards are 2011 Distinguished Life Service Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana; 1998 Commonwealth of Virginia Industrialist of the Year; 1993 and 1994 Top 10 National Minority Contractors, GCN; 1994 National Leadership Award, NMSD; 1993 Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private American Companies #105; 1992 KPMG High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year; 1992 Virginia Assembly Joint Resolution Commanding Richard T. Cheng; 1992 Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year; 1991 National Small Business of the Year (honored by President Bush); 1990 Regional III Small Business of the Year; 1990 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year; and 1961 Medal of Distinction for Inventions by President Chiang Kai-Shek. He owns United States Patent Number 5,762,058 (Invention) and People's Republic of China Patent Number 71,96,1,00581,5 (Invention).
Dr. Cheng and his wife, Nancy (who served on the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors from 1996-2004) reside in Virginia Beach and have two children.