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18. John Broderick

Updated: August 20, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Posted: May 10, 2013

Old Dominion University President John Broderick fell a few notches on the list from last year as others have advanced.

But Broderick continues to play a significant role in the community as he expands the footprint of the school and emphasizes educational paths likely to lead to high-paying jobs.

One of the major developments of the past 12 months is ODU's upcoming move into Conference USA, which will mean more exposure for the school and possibly more revenue.

Broderick said playing in the Colonial Athletic Association, the school's current conference, "you could win a national championship, but there's really no income that comes as a result. Playing in the [Conference USA] rewards, monetarily, successful programs and we believe we can be one of those."

Broderick has continued to prioritize STEM-H, which stands for the science, technology, engineering, math and health disciplines.

And this spring, the school will graduate its first class of students enrolled in its modeling and simulation undergraduate degree. The M&S track, as it's called, has been likened to video games and can be used in health care, engineering, defense contracting and other fields.

"To the best of our knowledge, they'll be the first four or five undergraduate modeling and simulation degree-holders in the country," Broderick said.

Old Dominion University has about 25,000 students, and Broderick and other officials manage a $526 million budget and 2,500 faculty and staff members.

Broderick became president in 2008 and helped develop a strategic plan focused on enhancing research, residential life and partnerships. More than $338 million in new buildings and building renovations has been authorized or completed on his watch.

The ODU Business Gateway was also created under his tenure. The gateway provides seminars, workshops, educational and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The gateway had an estimated $50 million economic impact in 2012. In July, it was the recipient of a $1.8 million U.S. Department of Labor grant through staffing agency Opportunity Inc. to provide entrepreneurship training.

"We've really gotten some great feedback," Broderick said about the gateway.

Broderick said the school is getting ready to build a College of Education building, a College of Engineering building and is in the process of constructing an arts building in the University Village area.

He also said the school will soon open a Confucius Center that will, among other things, impart learning of Chinese culture and history.

"I think it's a very exciting time to be a part of the university," he said.

"I believe that we're doing a number of things to try to heighten the visibility for Hampton Roads as a place to start a business, or obtain an education, or even just enjoy our quality of life here."

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