TNCC Announces Speaker for May 14 Commencement Ceremony

Published: April 15, 2013

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will celebrate its 44th commencement ceremony Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Hampton Coliseum.

The commencement speaker is John R. Broderick, the eighth president of Old Dominion University (ODU). As president, Broderick guides the University’s six colleges and more than 10 economic development and research centers. He also maintains partnerships with government, military and business organizations and agencies.

In addition, Broderick serves as one of six college presidents on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. In 2012, he was appointed to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Council of State Representatives. During the same year, he received the 2012 American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Higher Education Award for his leadership in student success initiatives.

Broderick’s other awards include the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Humanitarian Award; Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Marian Palmer Capps Award; College Communicators Association Distinguished Service Award; Lead Hampton Roads’ Julian F. Hirst Award for excellence in community, civic and professional leadership; and a 2011 Visionary Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to becoming ODU’s president in 2008, Broderick served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Admissions and Chief of Staff to the President. The Bristol, Conn. native holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University, where he also served as an administrator.


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