ODU Receives $3 Million for Resilience from Philanthropist Joan Brock
By Noell Saunders
Joan Brock, wife of the late Macon Brock, donated $3 million to Old Dominion University's Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience. The donation will allow the University to hire an international thought leader as the institute's executive director.
"Joan and her husband, Macon, have been longtime friends of the University," Old Dominion President John R. Broderick said. "They are role models for community leadership in Hampton Roads. This major gift will help Old Dominion leverage one of its greatest strengths to benefit the region and beyond."
Under an agreement with Norfolk and Mayor Kenny Alexander, the executive director of the institute will also serve as the city's senior resilience strategist. Recover Hampton Roads will be a key component, creating a clearinghouse that could be a model for all communities to expedite housing recovery after a severe weather event.