ODU names Dr. Brian Hemphill as university's ninth president, first Black president

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 15:02:41-05

The Old Dominion University Board of Visitors unanimously selected Dr. Brian Hemphill as the university's ninth president, succeeding current President John Broderick when he retires in summer 2021.

Hemphill has been president of Radford University since 2016 and previously led West Virginia State University for four years, and has more than 27 years of administrative experience.

When he succeeds Broderick, he will be the university's first-ever Black president.

"The board was highly impressed with his substantial accomplishments in less than five years as president of Radford, as well as his commitment to a student-centered approach," said Kay A. Kemper, the rector of ODU's Board of Visitors. "Many of his forward-thinking initiatives in such areas as health sciences and partnership-building mirror Old Dominion's longstanding strengths and priorities. We believe he will write an exciting new chapter for ODU."