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ODU's Board Votes To Extend President's Contract To 2014

ODU's 8th President John R. Broderick

Citing exceptional leadership, management and communication, the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors voted unanimously to extend the contract of President John R. Broderick for an additional three years, to May 2014.

"The board has been exceedingly impressed with President Broderick's visionary leadership, adept management of complex budgetary issues, and excellent communication skills that keep the ODU community, alumni, legislators, community leaders, and key businesses and partners informed of and engaged with the increasingly prominent institution that is Old Dominion University," said BOV Rector Ross Mugler.

The board praised Broderick's handling of significant state budget cuts over the past two years, which have come at a time when the university has had the largest enrollments in its history, growing retention rates, a flourishing residential campus, and an unparalleled demand for classes and services. It also commended his leadership in the development of both enrollment management and strategic plans that position the university for continued success.

"I am pleased and honored that the board continues to place its trust in me," Broderick said. "With 24,000 students, more than 160 academic degree programs, an economic impact of nearly $1 billion annually, and business and research initiatives that are creating solutions for today's pressing problems, Old Dominion is poised to become one of the nation's top metropolitan universities.

"I am proud to work with our dedicated and talented faculty and staff as together we take this institution to the summit."

Broderick was named ODU's eighth president last year, after serving for one year as acting president. Mugler noted that, with salary increases frozen for all state employees, the board and the president agreed to keep his salary at $312,000. He added that it will be reviewed when increases are reinstated for state employees.

According to Mugler, the board consulted with and received positive feedback from a variety of constituents in making its decision. "The president went through a rigorous evaluation process and the committee was unanimous in its recommendation to extend his contract."

"I am pleased that the board has taken this action," said Paul Champagne, chair of the ODU Faculty Senate. "The faculty is very supportive of President Broderick. They appreciate that he is open and honest and willing to discuss the realities of what can and cannot be done in efforts to make ODU an even better institution."

Lauryn Johnson, student representative to the Board of Visitors and a member of the Student Government Association, agreed. "John Broderick is a wonderful president. He keeps a keen ear to student concerns and regularly reaches out to students. Because of his efforts, there are wonderful opportunities at Old Dominion."

This article was posted on: April 8, 2010

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