Appointments Of Provost, Two Deans Announced

In a matter of two months, Old Dominion announced the appointments of its top academic officer and two college deans. Thomas L. Isenhour, who had served as the university’s dean of the College of Sciences since fall 2000, was named in December as provost and vice president for academic affairs and took office Jan. 2.

In another in-house appointment, Chandra R. de Silva, who has served as chair of the history department since joining the campus community in 1998, was selected dean of the College of Arts and Letters. His appointment will be effective June 25, pending Board of Visitors approval.

In February, Nancy A. Bagranoff, professor of accountancy at Miami University of Ohio, was named dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. Her appointment, pending board approval, will be effective July 1.

Isenhour said he considers increased collegiality within the sciences college and with other colleges on campus, improved student retention and the growth in interdisciplinary research among his most significant accomplishments at the university.

President Roseann Runte, who announced the appointment, said, “He has the degrees, the experience at the level of dean and provost at a number of universities, experience with a granting council, international experience, a record of diversity and, as a playwright, is sensitive to the arts. Dr. Isenhour has been an excellent dean while at Old Dominion and has worked tirelessly for the university.”

Isenhour succeeds David R. Hager, who had served as acting provost since the departure of former provost Jo Ann Gora in summer 2001. Hager will continue his work in academic affairs as vice provost.

De Silva, an expert in Sri Lankan history and politics, Portuguese exploration and colonies, and Buddhism, is a prolific writer. During his tenure here he has strengthened the research productivity of the history department and enhanced collaboration with the Darden College of Education.
Bagranoff, the author of eight accounting books, has 20 years’ academic experience at five universities. Isenhour described her as someone with “vision, energy and experience.” She will succeed Bruce Rubin, who has served as interim dean of the business college since July 2000.