|Thursday, May 30, 2013|
Rodger Harvey of OEAS to Serve as Interim VP for Research
H. Rodger Harvey, professor and chair of the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS), will serve as interim vice president for research, effective July 22. He will assume the duties of Mohammad Karim, who is stepping down July 22 to join the University of Massachusetts' Dartmouth campus as provost and executive vice chancellor.
President John R. Broderick, who made the announcement in a letter to the campus community on May 28, said Harvey would begin working immediately with Karim and Karen Eck, director of research development, to ensure a smooth transition.
The university will launch a national search for the vice president position later this year.
"Professor Harvey, a noted researcher who joined Old Dominion in 2011, has played a key role in the university's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative. I have no doubt that the same excellence for which he is known in his own area of research will be the guiding principle he uses to steward the Old Dominion research program," Broderick said.
He added: "I want to again thank Dr. Karim for his contributions, and I look forward to working with Dr. Harvey in this next chapter of Old Dominion University's research endeavors."
Harvey previously directed the Maryland Organic Geochemistry and Ecology Laboratory, which is part of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). He joined UMCES in 1989 and became a full professor in 2000. His research interests include organic geochemistry and biogeochemistry in marine waters.
Harvey received a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Georgia.