Laura Delbrugge named Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Old Dominion University « News @ ODU














Old Dominion University has named Laura Delbrugge Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, effective July 9, following a nationally competitive search. She succeeds Jonathan Leib, who served as acting dean of the college.

“I am delighted to welcome Delbrugge, a recognized leader in higher education,” said Austin O. Agho, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “His significant expertise includes shared governance, leading a state-led effort to integrate teams from multiple universities, and providing crisis leadership in response to the pandemic. Collaborating with students, faculty , staff, alumni and the arts community, Delbrugge will build on Old Dominion’s research and creative prominence in the arts and help us reach new heights We are fortunate to have Dr. Delbrugge join ODU as Dean, and I look forward to working with her.

Delbrugge serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities for the Pennsylvania State System Integration Universities of Clarion, California and Edinboro, while continuing to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In these roles, she oversaw the college’s strategic planning and course delivery both on-site and remotely.

“I am delighted and honored to join the Old Dominion College of Arts and Humanities at such an exciting time for the college and university. I look forward to working with faculty and staff at the college on behalf of our outstanding students, as well as my family and I look forward to being a part of the ODU and Hampton Roads communities,” said Delbrugge.

For more than two decades, Delbrugge taught and held various administrative leadership positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). While at IUP, she co-led the 2013-2016 Accreditation Reaffirmation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Delbrugge received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Central College in Iowa and his master’s and doctorate in Spanish from Pennsylvania State University.

His main research focuses on medieval Spanish literature and includes three scholarly editions of works first published by Andrés de Li between 1492 and 1494 and “A scholarly edition of the Gamaliel”.

In addition to his notable achievements in academic and administrative leadership, Delbrugge has demonstrated a commitment to expanding student opportunity, success, and affordability. She has also made advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and support for all students two of her professional priorities.

“On behalf of the ODU family, I am pleased to warmly welcome Dr. Delbrugge’s monarch as she becomes an essential part of our campus and our community,” said ODU President Brian O. Hemphill. , Ph.D. “Dr. Delbrugge is a true champion of access and opportunity, as well as scholarship and service. I am confident that Dr. Delbrugge’s strong leadership and impactful work will result in contributions profound and enduring in both teaching and research within the College of Arts and Letters and across the institution.”





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