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BOV Appoints Broderick Acting President of ODU

John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement and chief of staff, was appointed by the Board of Visitors to serve as acting president of Old Dominion University between the time President Roseann Runte leaves and a new president arrives.

The appointment was announced at the board's April 11 meeting. Runte, ODU's seventh president, will become president of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, effective July 1.

"While the Old Dominion University community is saddened by the departure of President Roseann Runte, the Board of Visitors is very pleased that the current vice president for institutional advancement and chief of staff, John R. Broderick, has been elected to serve as acting president," said Rector Marc Jacobson. "With his significant institutional knowledge and considerable experience and abilities, Mr. Broderick will ensure that the leadership and momentum provided by President Runte continues."

Broderick joined ODU in 1993 as director of public information and has served as a vice president since 1996. His areas of responsibility include admissions, athletics, community relations, governmental relations, licensing, marketing, media relations, military affairs, photography, publications, special events, student financial aid and the campus Visitor Center.

In addition, he serves as executive editor of both the alumni magazine and Quest, the faculty research magazine. Broderick recently chaired the committee to select ODU's provost, and he currently heads university-wide initiatives for branding, enrollment management and emergency communications.

Broderick was one of four finalists for the PR News' 2006-07 Professional of the Year award for an academic institution.

In addition to his administrative duties, he annually teaches the School, Community Relations and Politics course to graduate students in the Darden College of Education and has written articles for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Hartford Courant, Baltimore Sun, Sporting News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press.

Prior to coming to Old Dominion University, Broderick was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and an administrator at St. Bonaventure University. He also served as the tourism director for The Island of Martha's Vineyard and as a reporter for several newspapers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

This article was posted on: April 14, 2008

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