Founded in 1908 and located in the center of Virginia's famous Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university. The university offers programs at the bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral levels.
The total enrollment for the fall 2009 session was 18,971. This total included 17,281 undergraduate students and 1,690 graduate students, including degree and non-degree-seeking students. The 712-acre campus features 114 major buildings. JMU offers students a full program of extracurricular and social programs, as well as a diversified program of intercollegiate and intramural athletics.
JMU is located in Harrisonburg, Va., a progressive city of over 40,000. The area is flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Allegheny Mountains on the west. The JMU campus is located just off interstate 81 and is a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., and one hour from Charlottesville, Va.
The Graduate School is located in the Grace Street House at 17 West Grace Street.
History of the University
in the more than 100 years since its founding, JMU has grown from a state normal and industrial school for women to today's coeducational comprehensive university. In 1914, the name of the university was changed to the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. The university became the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1924 and continued under that name until 1938, when it was named Madison College in honor of the fourth president of the United States. In 1977, the name was changed to James Madison University.
The JMU Graduate School was established in 1954, when the State Board of Education authorized the university to offer programs leading to the Master of Science in Education degree. The Graduate School is authorized to offer graduate programs leading to master's, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Psychology degrees.
The mission of The Graduate School is in concert with the overall mission of the university, which states:
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
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 is made by the JMU Board of Visitors upon the recommendation of the president.
JMU consists of The Graduate School and the following colleges:
- College of Arts and Letters
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Integrated Science and Technology
- College of Science and Mathematics
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- The Graduate School
Graduate School Administration
The office of the dean of The Graduate School has academic responsibility for all issues of graduate education at JMU. Significant in the organization and administration of The Graduate School are the university's Graduate Council and the graduate faculty body.
The Graduate Council
The Graduate Council is the chief policy-forming and advisory body for The Graduate School. Its duties are to formulate, review, and approve or recommend for approval policies and other items concerning the conduct of graduate study at James Madison University and to provide leadership in advocating for graduate education and scholarship of the highest caliber. Graduate Council actions are reported to the graduate faculty, to college deans and to appropriate administrators of the university.
The primary aim of including the Graduate Council in the organization of JMU is to facilitate graduate program faculty participation in the establishment of university policies and procedures.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Council
The Graduate Council is specifically charged with:
- Communicating policy on issues affecting graduate education.
- Monitoring and advocating excellence in graduate education.
- Setting the broad framework for all graduate study.
- Making recommendations on all policies with regard to graduate degrees and any changes or additions to such policies.
- Making recommendations on procedures for student appeals for waivers of any graduate regulations, excluding grade and admission appeals, after appropriate appeals have been made according to the procedures of the respective graduate programs.
- Setting the requirements for membership to the graduate faculty and for the approval of faculty it deems to have met those requirements.
The graduate faculty hold a position of honor at JMU. Through the Graduate Council, the graduate faculty members assist the dean in developing general policies and administrative procedures for graduate programs. The office of the dean of The Graduate School, assisted by the Graduate Council and the graduate faculty, has responsibility for final approval of graduate degrees to be awarded.
Board of Visitors
Mr. James E. Hartman (Rector), Harrisonburg
Mr. Wharton B. Rivers Jr., (Vice Rector), The Woodlands, TX
Mrs. Susan Allen, Alexandria, VA
Mr. Kenneth Bartee, Oak Hill, VA
Mr. Mark T. Bowles, Goochland
Mr. Joseph F. Damico, Libertyville, IL
Mr. Ronald C. Devine, Burke
Ms. Vanessa M. Evans, Charlottesville
Mrs. Lois J. Forbes, Harrisonburg
Mr. Joseph K. Funkhouser, II, Harrisonburg
Mrs. Elizabeth V. Lodal, McLean
Mr. Larry M. Rogers, Harrisonburg
Mr. Steve Smith, Abingdon, VA
Mrs. Judith "Judy" S. Strickler, Harrisonburg
Mr. Fred D. Thompson, Jr., Ashburn
Mr. Daniel M. Smolkin (student member), Asheville, NC
Mrs. Donna L. Harper (Secretary), JMU/Harrisonburg
Chief Administrative Officers
Linwood H. Rose, Ed.D.
A. Jerry Benson, Ph.D.,
Interim 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 and Educational Technologies
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
Reid J. Linn, Ph.D,
Dean, The Graduate School
Sharon E. Lovell, Ph.D.,
Dean, College of Integrated Science & Technology
Robert D. Reid, Ed.D.,
Dean, College of Business
George E. Sparks, Ph.D.,
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Phillip M. Wishon, Ph.D.,
Dean, College of Education
JMU Alumni Association
The JMU Alumni Association is comprised of all graduates of the university, all annual donors to the university, and, on an associate membership level, all individuals who have completed 12 credit hours and request membership with the association.
The association is directed by the Alumni Board of Directors, a corporate board of directors with 16 at-large members; an executive committee; and representatives from the JMU Board of Visitors and the Student Ambassadors (student alumni association). The board represents the interests of all graduates by reviewing and setting the strategy for the association.
For more information, visit the JMU Alumni Association Web site.
The James Madison University Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was chartered in 1969 for the purpose of raising, investing and administering private gift funds for the benefit of James Madison University.
For more information on how the JMU Foundation operates, please see the policies and the public documents available on the JMU Foundation Web site.