DeRonda M. Short J.D. '78


Ms. Short is an attorney in private practice in Newport News. She earned her B.A. (cum laude) in Political Science from Christopher Newport University in 1975 and her J.D. from the William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1978. Prior to opening her own law firm in 2006, Ms. Short was a partner in Short, Short, Telstad & Kerr in Newport News, specializing in workers compensation law; domestic relations law; and personal injury law. Since 1996 she has held an appointment as the Commissioner in Chancery and since 2001 served as a guardian ad litem. Ms. Short is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar and the Newport News Bar Association, where she was the first woman to serve as president. Active in the local community, she served as Commissioner of the Peninsula Ports Authority and member of the Citizens Advisory Council for the City of Newport News, serving as chairman of this body from 1972-1976. Ms. Short served on the Christopher Newport College Board of Visitors from 1979 to 1983; she holds the Mace Award from Christopher Newport College for outstanding service as a Visitor, and has been recognized by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Ms. Short was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2013. Currently she serves as Chair of the Committee on Athletics.