Strategic Planning

ODU sets sights on being known as one of nation’s pre-eminent metropolitan research universities

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? That old saying may apply to some schools, but since the arrival of a new president and a new Strategic Plan, both in 2009, Old Dominion isn’t a university lacking in vision – or, to borrow a term from Dickens, in great expectations.

John R. Broderick, at the announcement of his appointment as president on May 18, 2009, after serving a year in the post on an interim basis, spoke of the need for shared knowledge about where the university is headed:

“My background, as most of you know, is in communications. It should be no surprise that a central goal of my administration will be to ensure that people on and off the campus are not only aware of what we are doing, but also of where we are headed. Our 2009-2014 strategic planning process, headed by Provost Simpson, will help achieve that.”

Broderick revisited the theme of “where we are headed” in his 2010 State of the University address, “A Vision for the Transformative University,” on Aug. 24. Speaking to an audience of more than 1,000 about the impact the recent economic crisis has had on the university, he said, “We have charted a course to not only survive, but to thrive,” adding, “The bright light in this economic picture is that it forces us to confront the most essential questions about who we are and what we want to be.”

Before leaving the stage, he answered those questions: “My vision is that Old Dominion University will be recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent metropolitan research universities by contributing to all aspects of life in Hampton Roads.”

ODU’s latest Strategic Plan affirms this ideal and, with the university’s academic mission at its core, has mapped a direction for the next several years. The vision statement in the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan clearly outlines a goal-driven direction for the university:

“Old Dominion University will be recognized nationally and internationally as a forward-focused metropolitan university with a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research that spurs economic growth, focuses on student success, engages civic and community partners, and uses its connections with the military and maritime industries and its exceptional strengths and leadership in related areas to provide practical solutions to complex, real world problems.”

The stories that follow highlight how the institution is tackling these goals, taking us ever closer to the overarching goal of becoming known as one of the nation’s pre-eminent metropolitan research universities.

“My vision is that Old Dominion University will be recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent metropolitan research universities by contributing to all aspects of life in Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth.”

– John R. Broderick
President, Old Dominion University