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New Provost Selected At ODU

Compiled from press and news reports


Old Dominion University has selected Dr. Augustine O. Agho as its next provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Agho is the co-author of two 2004 reports on minority recruitment and marketing strategies in healthcare management. He will assume office on June 1, 2016. A 16-member committee chaired by Ellen Neufeldt, vice president for student engagement and enrollment services, selected Agho during a nationwide search, according to a press release. Agho will replace Interim Provost Chandra de Silva, who assumed the post in June when former ODU Provost Carol Simpson stepped down. De Silva has announced his retirement from Old Dominion at the end of the current academic year.

Of the appointment, ODU President John R. Broderick said in a recent statement, “I am thrilled to welcome a scholar and research leader of Dr. Agno’s caliber to Old Dominion. His background as an educator and a developer of academic programs is truly exceptional, as is his commitment as an administrator to student success and campus diversity and inclusion.”

An accomplished and celebrated teacher, researcher and leader in health services administration, according to an ODU press release, Agho co-authored two 2004 reports: Trend Analysis of Minority Student Enrollment in Graduate Health Management Education Programs, and a report titled Trend analysis of Minority Student Enrollment in Graduate Health Management Education Programs.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Agho said, “It is a profound honor to be appointed as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Old Dominion University. What made this position most attractive to me is ODU’s long-standing commitment to academic excellence, cutting-edge global research, online education, student success, diversity, and community engagement.

“I look forward to serving ODU and joining President Broderick and campus leadership to elevate the scholarly work of our faculty, advance the success of our students, and enhance the economic vitality of the Hampton Roads region.”

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Agho is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, where he majored in management science. He holds a master’s degree in health administration from Governors State University in University Park, Ill., and a Ph.D. in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

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