- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia university’s longest-serving president announced Monday that he will step down from the role next year.

Old Dominion University President John Broderick, 64, is set to retire during the summer of 2021 at the end of his 13th year leading the Norfolk school, according to a statement from the university. Broderick has worked at the university in different roles for more than 25 years.

Broderick told the campus community in an emailed statement that he would continue to help guide the school through the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and that he timed his announcement to “avoid any distractions to the work of the spring semester.”

“It clearly is a time where we cannot lose sight of our need to support students and one another, including securing resources, as we chart a path that will look dramatically different for the foreseeable future,” he wrote. “I assure you … that my commitment will not waver.”

The university’s Board of Visitors will have more than a year to complete a search for the next leader. Members of the presidential search committee were set to be announced at its June 18 meeting, according to Lisa Smith, the rector of the board.



Broderick said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family in his retirement.

Old Dominion announced last month that it was planning to reopen its campus to students this fall after transitioning to online learning for the spring and summer semesters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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