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Renee Olander recently was named director of Old Dominion University's Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

ODU Provost Thomas Isenhour, who made the announcement, said, "Renee Olander has done an excellent job as acting director of the center. She has built relationships with stakeholders both on campus and in the community. We know she will be an outstanding leader for the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center."

Chandra DeSilva, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, praised Olander for her professionalism, initiative and energy, saying she is the ideal choice to direct a center that expects to see continued growth in the coming years.

Olander received her master's degree in English from Old Dominion in 1987 and joined the university the following year as an instructor of English. She served as a lecturer and academic adviser for the College of Arts and Letters from 1995 to 2000, and was named director of interdisciplinary studies in July 2000.

She had served as acting director of the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center since 2005.

A former president of the Southeastern Virginia Women's Political Caucus, Olander has led poetry workshops at many schools, libraries and community centers across Virginia.

This article was posted on: July 10, 2006

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