Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We recently shared the great news about dedicated funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia for the integration of our two institutions. Now, we are sharply focused on engaging with state leaders and external partners, including Sentara, regarding additional funding needs and future growth plans. These collaborative conversations make it clear that ODU, EVMS, the Commonwealth, and Sentara are all deeply committed to this important initiative. We could not ask for better partners than the Commonwealth and Sentara as we jointly work through the final details, which will lead to a successful integration!

While we are confident that we will conclude these conversations soon, it is unlikely this will happen before we reach some important SACSCOC accreditation approval deadlines. As a result, the Day One integration date is now targeted for July 1, 2024. And, as these important discussions continue, our functional teams and the Integration Management Offices (IMOs) continue to make substantial progress. Both institutions are fully immersed in the remaining work toward the goal of a successful integration. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s continued diligence, flexibility, and patience as we make steady progress on these pressing matters and overall efforts.

With the last two years of planning and progress as a strong foundation, we remain grateful and optimistic about our current position and the journey ahead! That journey would not be possible without the immense support and tireless work of our respective campuses and the broader community. Together, we will enhance educational opportunities; address workforce gaps; expand research initiatives and related outcomes; help combat the health disparities facing our region and its people; and pursue the endless possibilities for our campuses, our communities, and our Commonwealth.

With Sincere Appreciation and Forward Momentum,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.                                  Alfred Abuhamad, M.D.

President                                                            President, Provost, and Dean

Old Dominion University                                 Eastern Virginia Medical School