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14. John R. Broderick

Updated: April 26, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Posted: April 26, 2012

John R. Broderick, the president of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, is the hand that guides the university’s six colleges – a responsibility that means overseeing a $526 million operating budget and more than 2,500 faculty and staff at the school.

Soon after stepping into his role as president in 2008, the school drafted a strategic plan for 2009-2014, which included goals to grow and enhance its research arm, residential campus and partnerships in the Hampton Roads community.

In 2010, Broderick created the ODU Business Gateway, which is located in Innovation Research Park, and was established to be a go-to resource for Hampton Roads businesses, and beyond, and support economic development.

Since Broderick became president, the university has introduced a new Student Success Center and Learning Commons additions to Perry Library, which opened last fall.

In March, Broderick was honored by the American College Personnel Association with the Contribution to Higher Education Award.

He was also recognized with community awards in higher education, including 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.
Of his achievements, Broderick said he is most proud to be able to directly contribute to ODU students’ education.

“Every semester I teach either a graduate or undergraduate class,” he said. “I think it’s important that I never forget why I have the privilege of being on the Old Dominion University campus – students. That is why I am most proud of the American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Higher Education Award. It acknowledges the work we have done at Old Dominion to enhance and support our students’ success.

Broderick serves as a board member of the Hampton Roads Partnership, Urban League and MacArthur Foundation.

This year, Broderick was elected chair of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Presidents and was appointed to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Council of State Representatives. His AASCU term began Jan. 25 and runs through Dec. 31, 2013.