April/May 2016

Robert Vodde Named Metropolitan Campus Provost

Robert Vodde, criminal justice and director, School of Criminal Justice, Political Science and International Studies at the Metropolitan Campus, has been named the next Metropolitan Campus provost, announced Christopher Capuano, University provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and president-elect. Vodde’s appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

“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.”

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Vodde has served in his current position for 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: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies. The school houses thriving undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice, undergraduate programs in political science and international affairs and interdisciplinary minors in legal studies, social service advocacy and computer forensics.

“Many exciting changes await the University, and I look forward to being part of it,” Vodde stated. “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 holds a PhD from the University of Leicester, England; an MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; an MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University (’97 [Metro]); and a BS from William Paterson University. Before entering academia, he enjoyed a 25-year career in law enforcement, the last 10 years of which, he served as chief of police.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Vodde continues to instruct, consult and study police training and education as a leading authority. 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).