Dr. Don Stansberry
Don Stansberry is the Chief SGA Advisor and currently serves as the Dean of Students & Associate Vice President for Student Engagement at Old Dominion University. Prior to assuming this position, he has served as the Assistant Vice President, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities & Leadership at ODU. Don has been a member of the ODU staff since 2000. His career in higher education has included serving as the Associate Director of Student Activities at Towson University, Assistant Director for Programming and Leadership Development at Western Illinois University, and Director of Student Activities & Residence Hall Director at Defiance College.
Originally from Ohio, Don received his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Ohio University. In 2011, he received his Educational Specialist degree from Old Dominion University, and completed his Ph.D. in 2014 at ODU. He has held numerous professional organization leadership positions and continues to be actively involved in many organizations in including, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Southern Association of College Student Affairs, Student Affairs Association and the National Association of Campus Activities. Previously, Don has held numerous leadership positions in SACSA as the local arrangements chair and conference chair. Within NACA he has chaired the National Convention and completed a term on the Board of Directors. In addition to his duties as the Dean of Students and Associate Vice President, he serves as an Assistant Professor for the Darden College of Education Higher Education program. In 2015, Don received the J. Worth Pickering Award as the Outstanding ODU Administrator.
Preston Reilly comes to ODU as a new advisor to SGA. Originally from the Chicago area, Preston is a PhD student in the Higher Education program and has extensive student affairs experience.
Preston joined ODU after serving as the Activities and Spirit Coordinator at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where he worked closely with both student government and the campus programming boards, as well as orientation and commuter student programs. He received his masters in higher education from Florida State University and his bachelors in psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
When Preston isn’t working with students or doing homework, you can catch him on a stand-up paddleboard, making his own wine, or playing and watching hockey. His doctoral research surrounds the impact of campus traditions on the collegiate experience.