Bugg succeeded Webb as President in 1969. He was recruited from the
University of Missouri at St. Louis where he served four years as Chancellor.
believed his mission was to change Old Dominion from a college to a
university, improve the quality of the faculty and integrate the college
into the community it served.
Dr. Bugg's tenure, many new programs were launched including the first
doctoral programs in engineering and oceanography.
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created the University Senate, a university-wide governance structure
in which faculty, administrators and students were represented. He also
established the Office of Information Services to keep the community and
the legislature apprised of Old Dominion's accomplishments and programs.
retiring from the presidency in 1976, Dr. Bugg returned to teaching and
research as the Constance & Colgate Darden Professor of History and Education.
He retired from the faculty in 1991, but remains an advocate for and friend
to the University.