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The Board of Visitors yesterday approved the award of tenure to two faculty members and the title of emeritus to another professor who is retiring this month.

Richard V. Gregory, director of the School of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of polymer science at Clemson University, was approved as dean of the College of Sciences with the award of tenure as professor of chemistry and biochemistry, effective July 25.

The board also approved the appointment to professor and award of tenure for Li D. Xu, who joined Old Dominion in 2001 as a visiting professor of information technology and decision sciences in the College of Business and Public Administration.

Both Gregory's and Xu's appointments are effective July 25, 2003.

Denny T. Wolfe Jr., professor of educational curriculum and instruction, was granted the title of emeritus upon his retirement this month. Wolfe joined the university in 1979 and achieved the rank of professor in 1984. He served the Darden College of Education as associate dean from 1986 to 1992. Most recently, he completed a three-year term as chair of the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction.

During his 24 years at ODU, Wolfe was instrumental in preparing hundreds of English teachers for the public schools of Virginia and other states.

Among the board's other administrative appointments were:

• Jerry B. Robertson as director of the Technology Applications Center, effective April 10, 2003;
• Melanie T. O'Dell as associate controller, effective June 10, 2003; and
• Robbin Fulmore as director of international student and scholar services, effective July 10, 2003.

This article was posted on: June 18, 2003

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