Former President, Ronald Carrier
Madison’s fourth president, Ronald E. Carrier, came to campus in 1971. It was a time of societal change, and time for change on campus, a time for Madison to expand into a different type of institution. Carrier demonstrated a canny ability to bring what was needed, when it was needed. There was no regional, residential university in the state’s system of public higher education. Carrier seized the opportunity. His efforts brought name recognition, diversity, expanded curriculum—and football. Beyond expanding acreage, adding buildings and increasing enrollment on an aggressive scale, the transformation gave birth to a comprehensive, regional, coeducational institution of distinction, James Madison University.