Broderick Appointed To Governor’s Commission On Higher Education Reform

Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick, who was appointed in May by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment, will join fellow members of the group in submitting an interim report, with recommendations, to the governor by the end of November.

“This commission will play a pivotal role in the effort to make Virginia a more highly educated state where businesses seek to locate and good jobs are available to our citizens in the communities they call home,” McDonnell noted in announcing the commission. “We must make higher education more affordable and accessible for Virginians, and expand pathways to earning a college degree.”

“Our institutions of higher learning are known worldwide for their innovation, research and quality. Here in Virginia they are job-creators and economic drivers. We must ensure they continue to operate at the highest levels, while remaining accessible to Virginia students.”

In addition to Broderick, the commission includes the presidents of seven other Virginia colleges and universities, as well as a number of business, education policy and government officials.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Gov. McDonnell for this important initiative, and pledge to work tirelessly with my colleagues to ensure the goals of the commission are met and Virginia’s outstanding higher education institutions have a sustainable road map for their - and the commonwealth’s - future success,” Broderick said.

The commission will continue to meet through 2011.