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David R. Hager, longtime Old Dominion University vice provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, plans to step down from his administrative position June 30 to return to teaching in the areas of political science and educational leadership.

Provost Thomas L. Isenhour announced the move in a March 30 letter to faculty. "David has made more contributions to the administration of Old Dominion University over more years than we can begin to list," he said. "At a recent SCHEV IPAC meeting (Virginia Provosts' Association), the provosts recognized and celebrated Dave's contributions to education at the state as well as the local level.

"Personally, nothing has been more important to me than Dave's partnership and support as he served various roles in the administration. Virtually every individual at ODU has benefited from Dave's activities. He will be missed but we must honor his desire to continue his career in the direction he chooses."

Isenhour added that Hager will continue to oversee a limited number of administrative duties, including preparing SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award nomination packages.

Hager, who joined ODU in 1969 as a professor of political science and geography, has held a variety of administrative posts since 1973, including department chair (1975-76), assistant dean of the College of Arts and Letters (1973-75) and dean of graduate studies (1976-81). He has been associate vice president for academic affairs since 1981, and has served as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs on five occasions, most recently in 2001-03.

Also in the letter, Isenhour announced that John P. Broderick, University Professor of English and Linguistics, will serve as acting vice provost in 2005-06. "John is very knowledgeable about Academic Affairs due to his efforts in the recent SACS/COC reaffirmation of accreditation and in helping to develop the new strategic plan," he said.

Broderick, who joined the ODU faculty 30 years ago, served as acting associate vice president for academic affairs in 2001-02 and was a special consultant to the provost for strategic planning and scheduling during the 2004-05 academic year. He currently is preparing a plan for coordinated scheduling across campus.
"During the next academic year, John will do the development work for the creation of the University College, a key component in fulfilling the strategic plan," Isenhour said.

Old Dominion will conduct a national search in 2006-07 for the redefined position of vice provost and dean of the University College, Isenhour added.

This article was posted on: March 31, 2005

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