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Old Dominion University president Roseann Runte was named the Metropolitan Person of the Year by the Norfolk Sports Club last night. The club hosted their 62nd annual Jamboree Tuesday at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside.

Jamboree chairman Jack Ankerson announced the award, named for former Virginian-Pilot sports editor Tom Fergusson, during the club's banquet.

Runte was honored for spearheading the largest explosion in athletic facilities and programs in Old Dominion's history. She was commended for her improvement of sports facilities as well as being the driving force behind the formation of future teams in football, volleyball, crew and softball.

The city-owned golf course, adjacent to the campus on Powhatan Avenue, is used by Old Dominion's men's and women's programs. Nearby, work will begin on a 50,000-square-foot football/field hockey/lacrosse complex. A new soccer locker-room complex has been completed, and major renovations are taking place in the athletic administration building.

Just around the corner are planned expansion and restoration of 20,000-seat Foreman Field, which will serve as home when the Monarchs' football team begins play in 2009.

"It's not just the athletic end of it; take a look at that campus," Ankerson said. "The Constant Center and the University Village have played a major role in a huge restoration of the campus. They have happened under her watch.

"With Dr. Runte leading the way, the future of ODU athletics has never been brighter - and that's not just because of football."

This article was posted on: April 4, 2007

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