The Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Managing the BRAC Process – including coordinate reuse planning and transition the organization to execution of the final plan as well as manage on-going relationships with Congress, DoD and the Army
- Develop Mission, Vision and Values
- Community Outreach, Programming, Marketing
- Intergovernmental relations with local, state and Federal government
- Secure funding for operation of the organization
Glenn Oder has served as the Executive Director of the FMA since September 2011, and is a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads community.
The FMA is responsible for overseeing the transition of Fort Monroe from an active U.S Army installation to property owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Fort Monroe site includes 565 acres of land and almost 2 million square feet of existing buildings. The FMA is tasked with preserving the property, telling the stories, and seeking economic sustainability. In 2011, President Barrack Obama designated Fort Monroe as a National Monument and created a unit of the National Park System. The FMA and the NPS serve as partners in education, interpretation, and visitor engagement at Fort Monroe. Visitors to Fort Monroe enjoy open spaces, public beaches, the Casemate Museum, and a robust agenda of special events including concerts and historic tours.
In August 2019, the FMA hosted the 400 Year Anniversary of the first landing of Africans in English speaking North America. In honor of this event the FMA created the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center as a Legacy Project for this commemorative event.
In February 2021, Fort Monroe was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an international site of memory in the UNESCO Slave Labor Route Project.
To assume these responsibilities Glenn retired from the Virginia General Assembly after ten years in the House of Delegates, where he served in several leadership capacities. Glenn graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and has over 40 years of professional land planning experience. In 2015, Glenn was awarded one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Society of Landscape Architects when he received the designation of “Fellow” at their national convention.
Born and raised on the Virginia Peninsula, Glenn and his wife Mary dated in high school and married during their college years. They are the proud parents of three grown daughters and grandparents of seven grandchildren