NORFOLK — Old Dominion University’s longest-serving president announced Monday that he will step down from the role next year.

John Broderick, 64, is set to retire during the summer of 2021 at the end of his 13th year leading the school in Norfolk, 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.”

The university’s board of visitors will have more than a year to complete a search for the next leader.

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

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