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President John BroderickJohn R. Broderick, eighth president

John R. Broderick has served as the eighth president of Old Dominion University since 2008.

As president, he guides the University's six colleges, more than 10 economic development and research centers, and numerous partnerships with government, military and business organizations and agencies. He oversees an operating budget in excess of $526 million and more than 3,000 faculty and staff members.

More than $338 million capital projects have been authorized or completed on his watch, including academic buildings, research centers, residence halls, athletic facilities and arts venues. Under his leadership, the university completed an ambitious master plan and two strategic plans to guide its growth over the coming years.

His leadership on campus has resulted in several initiatives to position Old Dominion as Virginia's forward-focused, public doctoral research university, efforts which have also attracted attention at the state and national levels. President Broderick serves as one of six college presidents on the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment, and in 2012 was appointed to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Council of State Representatives. Additionally, the university has been named a Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Place to Work."

Shortly after becoming president, President Broderick introduced a University-wide initiative to set a new standard for student success and student learning, which included a $10.2 million Student Success Center and Learning Commons and the creation of a vice president position and division for student engagement and enrollment services. Additionally, he has led efforts to keep the university affordable and accessible, while maintaining academic standards. He was awarded the 2012 American College Personnel Association's Contribution to Higher Education Award, one of the national organization's highest honors, for his leadership in student success initiatives.

To support his vision of Old Dominion as a leader in local and statewide economic development and the go-to solutions provider for Hampton Roads and beyond, the University launched the ODU Business Gateway as a business-friendly entry point to the University.

President Broderick's pursuit of parity in state funding and responsiveness to legislative calls for more efficiency, affordability and access in higher education have led to historic levels of state funding for Old Dominion and several of its initiatives, in particular modeling and simulation, bioelectrics, increased STEM degrees and online programs, and student financial aid, among others. Over the past two years, Old Dominion received more than $30 million in additional funding from the General Assembly.

Private support for Old Dominion has also increased during President Broderick's tenure. The university has raised more than $100 million in gifts and commitments and its endowment has increased $50 million. An $11 million gift from alumnus Mark Strome will support President Broderick's vision for an entrepreneurial curriculum and co-curricular activities and services for students in all disciplines.

In 2011, the university launched a comprehensive civic and community engagement initiative. More than 11,000 students engaged in community service last year, equating to more than 375,000 hours spent tutoring, offering health check-ups, reading to the elderly, beautifying neighborhoods, and cleaning local waterways, among other activities. Faculty and staff provided another 54,000 hours of service for more than 800 organizations. Old Dominion was recently recognized for the second consecutive year on the President of the United States' Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

President Broderick oversaw the renewal of football at Old Dominion in 2009, with the Monarchs posting the most successful record of any start-up team in FCS history. He served on the NCAA board of directors and as chair of the President's Football Championship Series advisory committee. This past summer, the University joined Conference USA and its football program was reclassified to the Football Bowl Subdivision. President Broderick currently serves as the vice chair of the Conference USA board.

The University's Board of Visitors voted in 2012 to extend his contract to 2017.

Prior to becoming president, he served as vice president of institutional advancement and admissions and chief of staff to the president. His areas of responsibility included admissions, athletics, community and governmental relations, marketing, media relations, military affairs and student financial aid.

In addition to his administrative duties, President Broderick annually teaches graduate courses in the Darden College of Education. He also has lectured on leadership for a variety of institutions and organizations, including the University of Bologna and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executive Association.

President Broderick has been recognized for his contributions to higher education and the Hampton Roads community with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities' Humanitarian Award, the Urban League of Hampton Roads' Marian Palmer Capps Award, the College Communicators Association Distinguished Service Award, Lead Hampton Roads' Julian F. Hirst Award for excellence in community, civic and professional leadership, and a 2011 Visionary Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. In December 2013, Old Dominion's Diversity Champion Award was renamed in his honor for his leadership and efforts to encourage a culture of inclusion and diversity.

Throughout his career, President Broderick has been actively engaged in numerous community and professional organizations. He currently is a board member of the Hampton Roads Partnership, Urban League and MacArthur Foundation, and served for many years as a youth soccer league coach in Chesapeake.

Prior to joining Old Dominion University, President Broderick was a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh system and an administrator at St. Bonaventure University. He received a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and a graduate degree from St. Bonaventure. He is a native of Bristol, Conn.

He can be contacted at president@odu.edu and looks forward to hearing from you.


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