B. Rollins came to Old Dominion from the University of Vermont where
he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs for nine years.
goal as President was to make the University the premier institution of
higher education in the Tidewater area. To that end he expanded the University's
state and private funding, made improvements in student services, added
an intensive writing program for students who were deficient in that skill
and added an honors program.
1921 - 2013
Also during Dr. Rollins' tenure, mutually
beneficial partnerships were formed between the university and regional organizations including
NASA, the U.S. Navy, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State
Rollins believed that his commitment and effort in affirmative action
was his most important accomplishment. During his presidency, he made
great strides toward recruiting and retaining minority faculty and students.
retirement from the presidency, Dr. Rollins returned to teaching for a
few years. He continues to serve on a number of university committees.