B. Spong was recruited by the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors
to serve as interim president after the resignation of Joseph Marchello.
Dr. Spong was sought after because of his connections and familiarity
with Virginia state politics. He had served 12 years in the Virginia
General Assembly as well as in the U.S. Senate. He was also praised
for his work as Dean of the William and Mary Law School. In less than
10 years he was able to take the school from the brink of decertification
to a position of national prominence.
1920 - 1997
knowledge of the "Virginia system"
in the General Assembly, Dr. Spong was able to acquire funding for building
projects, equipment needs and new faculty positions. He was also a successful
fundraiser in the private sector, securing endowments for scholarships
James Koch was chosen to be Old Dominion's permanent president, Dr. Spong
made sure that Koch was properly introduced to the state legislative leadership.
leaving the presidency, Dr. Spong returned to his law practice and teaching.
He died in October 1997.