(NORFOLK, VA) The CIVIC Leadership Institute announced today that JOHN R. BRODERICK will receive the Individual Darden Award and SENTARA HEALTHCARE will be honored with the Corporate Darden Award for the 2021 Darden Awards for Regional Leadership.

Past Individual Darden Award winners comprise some of Hampton Roads’ most prestigious regional leaders including David R. Goode & Susan S. Goode, Harvey L. Lindsay, Jr., George Y. Birdsong, John R. Lawson, III, Joan and Macon Brock, Jane Batten, John O. “Dubby” Wynne, Dr. Deborah DiCroce, Jack Ezzell, Vince and Suzanne Mastracco, Paul Hirschbiel, and G. Robert Aston, Jr.  Kaufman and Canoles, Ferguson, Dollar Tree, Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC, Newport News Shipbuilding, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and TowneBank have been recognized as previous Corporate Darden Award recipients.

The Darden Awards reception will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Decker Half Moone Center in Norfolk, where regional executives and community leaders will celebrate the honorees and their contributions.   Many thanks to this year’s Title Sponsors, TowneBank and Kaufman and Canoles for their incredible support.


JOHN R. BRODERICK, Old Dominion University’s eighth and longest-serving president, is a constant presence on campus.  He has developed a reputation as a friendly, approachable president who is committed to forging progress at Old Dominion, solving real-world problems and building on the region’s strengths.

Under his leadership since 2008, Old Dominion has emerged as a research leader in fields from cybersecurity to bioelectrics, coastal resilience, entrepreneurship and health sciences. Earlier this year, he announced a plan to launch a joint School of Public Health with Norfolk State and EVMS to reduce health disparities and bolster health sciences programs in Hampton Roads.

President Broderick has also led the University’s response to the pandemic, which provided students a hybrid approach – in-person or online classes. The University also launched the Rise to the Challenge Fund to help students and employees with unexpected financial challenges.

During his tenure, Old Dominion has received more than $1.2 billion in new public and private resources, including a $37 million gift from Carolyn and Richard Barry to establish the Barry Art Museum.

The Board of Visitors renamed the University’s Diversity Champion Award for the president in 2013 to recognize his commitment to diversity and inclusion, which has helped create a vibrant, multicultural campus. And in 2016, the Kate and John R. Broderick Dining Commons was named for the president and first lady at the request of student leaders, for spearheading inclusion initiatives and to recognize their commitment to student success.

Under his leadership, ODU has emerged as a leader in addressing social mobility. Most recently, the University was ranked in the top 50 globally and fourth nationally in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for addressing inequality among college students.

President Broderick has transformed his belief in community service into a centerpiece of University life. In 2011, he, the first lady, and their relatives endowed the Evon-Broderick Award for Community Engagement and Service to recognize students who immerse themselves in service.

In 2020, he received a Community Leaders’ Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads and a 2020 Distinguished 400 Award by the federally established 400 Years of African American History Commission, and he was named First Citizen of Hampton Roads by the Chamber of Commerce. President Broderick also has received the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Humanitarian Award, the New Journal & Guide’s Impacting Lives Award, the Dr. Hugo A. Owens Sr. Humanitarian Award from Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the Trailblazer Award from Men for Hope, and a Visionary Award from the Chamber of Commerce. Inside Business added President Broderick to its Emeritus Power List, which recognizes senior community leaders who provide a “valuable ongoing contribution.” 

“I am honored to receive the Darden Award from CIVIC,” President Broderick said. “CIVIC has demonstrated the profound benefits of mentorship, both for the students and the professionals who mentor them. In a similar spirit, Old Dominion has actively pursued partnerships in the public and private sector — from our new Virginia Offshore Wind Landing to our future School of Public Health. I am convinced that the best way to move Hampton Roads and the commonwealth forward is by working together. One of my annual highlights is spending an evening with the scholars and their mentors in my home.” 

President Broderick is a board member of organizations including the Norfolk International Airport Board of Commissioners, Urban League of Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Norfolk Corporation and Hampton Roads Partnership. He also championed the University’s partnership with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and served as the guest narrator for the orchestra’s tribute in 2019 to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  The Brodericks have three sons who all earned degrees from Old Dominion.


SENTARA HEALTHCARE (https://www.sentara.com/) is the first non-profit organization to receive a Darden Award. For more than 130 years, Sentara has proudly lived its mission to improve health every day by providing both expert medical care and managed health insurance coverage, and addressing important community needs. Building on that tradition, Sentara embodies this mission through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Sentara Cares (www.sentaracares.com), to better the communities we serve. Research has shown that social determinants of health – the conditions in which people live, work and learn – have a significant and lasting impact on health outcomes that cannot be addressed by access to healthcare alone. Sentara Cares continues Sentara’s legacy of community work with a focus on social determinants of health that are closely aligned with Sentara’s integrated care model. Importantly, this program seeks to foster equitable health in our community and address health disparities magnified by the impact of COVID-19 on underserved populations.

Sentara Cares is an extension of our history of going above and beyond the delivery of medical care and comprehensive services. Sentara works behind the scenes to support underserved populations and numerous community organizations through sponsorships and grants. Sentara’s dedicated team of more than 28,000 employees has donated thousands of volunteer hours to various organizations and initiatives that propel our communities forward. Each year, Sentara also provides hundreds of millions of dollars in uncompensated care in our service regions across the state, and donates millions of dollars to local and statewide organizations.

“Sentara maintains a critical emphasis on social determinants of health, which is why we made addressing them the focal point of the Sentara Cares program. That foresight has allowed us to rise to the real-time challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, forge new partnerships, strengthen long-standing relationships, and marshal resources to build stronger, healthier, more equitable communities,” said Sentara Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer, Howard P. Kern. “A deep commitment to the communities we serve has long been a part of Sentara’s DNA, but the recent pandemic has made this commitment more vital than ever.”

Last year, Sentara and Optima Health, in partnership with Truist, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, also implemented a statewide initiative to bolster Virginia’s emergency food support system during the pandemic and beyond. The “We Care” COVID-19 Virginia Emergency Food Support Plan has provided over 100,000 free food boxes containing meals and nourishment to families in need. Sentara partnered with community and faith-based leaders to provide over 15,000 free COVID-19 tests to underserved and underrepresented populations both locally and across the Commonwealth. To date, the health system has also provided over 85,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and counting to individuals in many of those same communities.

Through the Sentara Cares program, Sentara also continues to provide support for important community activities and causes that enhance the health and well-being of all individuals and the quality of life enjoyed by everyone in our community. This includes cultural programs, educational enrichments, recreational features and community assets that are a part of the fabric of a healthy life and vibrant community.

Additionally, Sentara’s Diversity and Inclusion program and Health Equity department work together to form essential partnerships with key community organizations. This currently includes collaborating with local community and faith-based leaders to offer services and educational opportunities to people in underserved communities.

About the Darden Awards:

Established in 2005, the Darden Award for Regional Leadership is named for CIVIC Leadership Institute’s Founder Emeritus, the late Joshua P. Darden Jr. Each year, CIVIC presents the award to an individual and a corporation whose contributions and service have made significant impacts in the Hampton Roads community.

About CIVIC Leadership Institute:

CIVIC Leadership Institute is a nonprofit organization based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. For the past 25 years, it has connected executive leaders through service to improve life in Hampton Roads.

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