Vodde named Metropolitan Campus Provost

Robert F. Vodde, Ph. D., director of the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and International Studies, has been named as the next provost for the Metropolitan Campus, announced Christopher Capuano, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, on April 4. Vodde’s appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

Bob Vodde head shot“Given the breadth of Dr. Vodde’s experiences, as well as his clear commitment to FDU faculty, staff and students at the Metropolitan Campus over the years, I believe he is uniquely qualified to build on the strong foundation established under Dr. Joseph Kiernan’s tenure as Metropolitan Campus Provost,” said Capuano. “He will lead an important transformation of the Metropolitan Campus going forward, as outlined in the University’s strategic and facilities master plans.”

Dr. Vodde has served in his current position the past 16 years. He was instrumental in spearheading the development of the criminal justice program on the Metropolitan Campus, which began with just eight students and has evolved into a major school in University College. The school houses a thriving undergraduate and graduate program in criminal justice, undergraduate programs in political science and international studies, as well as three interdisciplinary minors in legal studies, social justice advocacy, and computer forensics.

“Many exciting changes await the University and I look forward to being part of it. I am honored in accepting this position and very much look forward to working with the entire campus community. We have a dynamic student body, an exceptional faculty, and a critically important cadre of dedicated personnel who support and ensure the University’s daily operations. Following Dr. Kiernan’s lead, supporting them will be my honor and privilege,” Vodde stated.

Dr. Vodde holds a PhD from the University of Leicester, an MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, an MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BS from William Paterson University. Before entering academia, Dr. Vodde enjoyed a 25-year career in law enforcement where during his last 10 years of service, he served as Chief of Police. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Dr. Vodde continues to instruct, consult, and study police training and education. Dr. Vodde is a leading authority on police training and education. He is author of Andragogical Instruction for Effective Police Training (Cambria Press, 2009) and "Organizational Paradigms for Police Training and Education" (INTERPOL International Police Training Journal, 2011.)

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