Adam Anderson
Associate Dean

Education: 1993 B.S. in Anthropology & English from JMU, 2002 MEd. in College Student Personnel Administration from JMU

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA


Interests: Watching movies, hiking, listening to music, reading

Why I chose to attend JMU: My older brother and sister went to JMU before me and the major factor for me was I was very familiar with JMU and Harrisonburg.  I also found the campus to be incredibly friendly and the fact that people smiled and said “Hello” to me when I was touring really made me feel that JMU was a very special place to be. 

What JMU means to me: I think an extremely important part of the college experience is what you learn about yourself during these years and how you establish your identity.  I felt I was able to gain confidence, direction, and establish close relationships with many different types of people.  I think the environment here is very supportive of the students and we really help people develop beyond their perceived potential.

Advice to students selecting a college: If you do your research in colleges correctly, you should be able to find several schools that will be perfect for you.  Only apply to schools that you will want to attend and make sure you visit every school before the decision letters arrive.


Professor: Dr. Clarence Geier in Anthropology

Class at JMU: Either my creative poetry writing class, world history class, or any of my Native American anthropology classes

JMU Memory: Too many to list, but my sophomore and junior years here I really felt like I had some great times with great friends

Sports Teams: Seattle Seahawks, L.A. Lakers, and of course the JMU Dukes

Books: The Stand or Dark Tower series by Stephen King, anything by Dean Koontz, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, or The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Movies: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Clerks, Dazed & Confused, Indiana Jones, The Life of Brian

TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Amazing Race, Boardwalk Empire, Seinfeld

Musical Artists: Jimi Hendrix, Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy

Vacation Spots: Bar Harbor, Maine

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