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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 bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels with its primary emphasis on the undergraduate student. JMU provides a total education to students - 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 value and quality of the JMU experience has been recognized repeatedly in many national publications.

Mission Statement
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


Since its establishment in 1908, James Madison University has grown from a small state normal and industrial school for women to today's coeducational comprehensive university with a fall 2007 enrollment of 17,918.

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 bachelor's degrees in 1916. During this initial period of development, Burruss' administration established the campus plan and constructed six buildings.

After Burruss resigned in 1919, Dr. Samuel Page Duke became the second president. Duke's 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. Miller's 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 master's degrees. The university became a coeducational institution in 1966.
Dr. Ronald E. Carrier became JMU's 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 JMU's fifth president in September 1998. Under his leadership, JMU has continually been recognized in national publications as one of the nation's finest institutions of its type. Before being named president, Rose had served as a member of the institution's administration for 23 years, including service as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

The general responsibility for the administration of the university has been assigned to the president, who is appointed by the JMU Board of Visitors. When the board is in recess, its executive committee may exercise the power of the board.
Assisting the president in the administration of the university are the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the senior vice president for administration and finance, the senior vice president for student affairs and university planning, the senior vice president for university advancement, and the executive assistant to the president.

Appointment to these positions and to the university's instructional and administrative faculty are made by the JMU Board of Visitors upon the recommendation of the president.

JMU consists of the following colleges:

Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Individualized Studies
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Audiology
Doctor of Musical Arts
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Psychology
Educational Specialist
Master of Arts
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Music
Master of Occupational Therapy
Master of Public Administration
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Science
Master of Science in Education
Master of Science in Nursing

James Madison University Administration
Board of Visitors
Joseph F. Damico (Rector), Libertyville, IL
Dr. Meredith Strohm Gunter (Vice Rector), Charlottesville
Mark T. Bowles, Goochland
James Scott Bridgeforth, Winchester
Ronald C. Devine, Burke
Lois J. Forbes, Harrisonburg
Charles H. Foster, Richmond
James E. Hartman, Harrisonburg
Stephen R. Leeolou, Charlotte, N.C.
E. Ray Murphy, Keswick
Wharton B. Rivers Jr., McLean
Larry M. Rogers, Harrisonburg
Judith Strickler, Harrisonburg
Fred Thompson, Ashburn
Linda Zecher, Keswick
Marley M. Green (Student Member), JMU/Hamilton
Donna L. Harper (Secretary), JMU/Harrisonburg

Chief Administrative Officers
Linwood H. Rose, Ed.D.

Division Heads
Douglas T. Brown, Ph.D.,
     Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joanne Carr, Ph.D.,
     Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Charles W. King Jr., M.A.,
     Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Mark Warner, Ed.D.,
     Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning

Ralph Alberico, M.L.S.,
     Dean of Libraries
David F. Brakke, Ph.D.,
     Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Linda Cabe Halpern, Ph.D.,
     Dean, University Studies
David K. Jeffrey, Ph.D.,
     Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Sharon E. Lovell, Ph.D.,
     Interim Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology
Reid J. Linn, Ph.D,
     Dean, The Graduate School
Robert D. Reid, Ed.D.,
     Dean, College of Business
George Sparks, Ph.D.,
     Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Phillip M. Wishon, Ph.D.,
     Dean, College of Education

JMU Alumni
Office of Alumni Relations
     Phone: (540) 568-6234
     Web site:

JMU benefits from an active, enthusiastic and supportive alumni association. With close to 100,000 graduates, the JMU Alumni Association strives to develop a continuing interest in the university by providing opportunities for service, fellowship, networking and loyalty for JMU alumni, parents of current students and friends of the university. The association provides scholarship opportunities for incoming JMU freshmen as well as currently enrolled students. Alumni chapters across the country sponsor events, programs, services and various forms of communication for a diverse constituency. The alumni association also hosts annual programming on campus, including homecoming, reunions, senior week and more.

The JMU Alumni Association is directed by a board of directors who represent the interests of all graduates by reviewing and setting the strategy for the association. JMU's quarterly magazine, Madison, provides information about the university to all alumni, parents of currently enrolled students, friends and businesses, corporations, and foundations associated with JMU. The e-newsletter, Brightening the Lights, is a popular way for alumni to stay informed about alumni and campus activities. Further information about all of these programs, products and services is available at

JMU Foundation
The James Madison University Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established in 1969 to promote the welfare, efficiency, service to the public, and objectives of James Madison University and to encourage private gifts of money, securities, land, or other property of whatever character for such purposes, and to that end to take, hold, receive, and enjoy any gift, grant, devise or bequest, for the benefit of James Madison University in the manner designated, for the general purposes and improvement of James Madison University, and to accept, execute and administer any trust in which it may have an interest under the terms of the instrument creating the trust.

Gifts received by the foundation are used to support the university in many ways, such as:

JMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4501) to award the bachelor's, master's, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Psychology degrees.

Additional Accreditation
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Psychological Association
Association for Advancement of Health Education
Association for Information Technology Professionals
Association of University Health Programs in Health Administration
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants, Inc.
Center for Credentialing Nursing Education
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, the accrediting agency for The American Dietetic Association
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
     of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council on Social Work (baccalaureate level)
Education Commission on Accreditation on Social Work
Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
International Association of Counseling Services
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Dance
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National League of Nursing
Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
Society for Public Health Education
Virginia Board of Nursing
Virginia State Board of Education

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities
College and University Personnel Association
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council of Southern Graduate Schools
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Southeastern Universities Research Association

Institutional and Educational Membership
Association of Computing Machinery

Corporate Membership
American Association of University Women

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