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Alfred B. Rollins Jr., former ODU president, dies

Thursday - 2/21/2013, 1:46pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. -- Former Old Dominion University President Alfred B. Rollins Jr. has died. He was 91.

Old Dominion says on its website that Rollins died Wednesday in Norfolk. He was the school's third president.

During Rollins' tenure from 1976 to 1985, Old Dominion made the transition from a regional college to a major research university.

The university also increased the number of doctoral programs from two to 11 and established a counseling center, women's center, writing center and multicultural center.

Before students earn a degree, they must pass a writing requirement that Rollins established.

Old Dominion President John R. Broderick says Rollins was a man of vision, intelligence and soft-spoken strength.

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