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The University

James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university and is the only university in America named for James Madison. The university offers programs on the bachelorís, masterís and doctoral levels with its primary emphasis on the undergraduate student. JMU provides a total education to students Ė one that has a broad range of the liberal arts as its foundation and encompasses an extensive variety of professional and pre-professional programs, augmented by a multitude of learning experiences outside the classroom. The quality of the JMU experience has been recognized repeatedly in many national publications.

Mission Statement

We are committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who will lead productive and meaningful lives.

History

Since its establishment in 1908, James Madison University has grown from a small state normal and industrial school for women to todayís coeducational comprehensive university with a fall 2002 enrollment of 15,600.

The university was founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, with Julian Ashby Burruss as its first president. The school opened its doors to its first student body in 1909 with an enrollment of 209 students and a faculty of 15. Its first 20 graduates received diplomas in 1911. In 1914, the name of the school was changed to the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. The school received authorization to award bachelorís degrees in 1916. During this initial period of development, Burrussí administration established the campus plan and constructed six buildings.

After Burruss resigned in 1919, Dr. Samuel Page Duke became the second president. Dukeís administration erected nine major buildings. In 1924, the university became the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg and continued under that name until 1938, when it was named Madison College in honor of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. In 1946, the Duke administration admitted men as regular day students.

Following the retirement of Duke, Dr. G. Tyler Miller became the third president of the university in 1949 and remained until 1970. Millerís administration enlarged the campus by 240 acres and constructed 19 buildings. The administration also revamped the curriculum. In 1954, the expanding school received authority to grant masterís degrees. The university became a coeducational institution in 1966.

Dr. Ronald E. Carrier became JMUís fourth president in 1971. His administration changed Madison College into a university. In 1977, the university adopted its current name, James Madison University. The Carrier administration nearly tripled the number of students and university faculty members and constructed some 30 major campus buildings. Doctoral degrees were authorized in 1994.

Dr. Linwood H. Rose was named JMUís fifth president in September, 1998. Under his leadership, JMU has continually been recognized in national publications as one of the nationís finest institutions of its type. Before being named president, Rose had served as a member of the institutionís administration for 23 years, including service as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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