On December 10, 1998, Dr Linwood Rose met with a group
of seventy representatives of the University and its outside constituencies
and asked them to assist him in identifying the characteristics
that ought to define James Madison University in 2008 at its centennial.
Under the leadership of its two co-chairs, former Rector of the
Board of Visitors, Mr. Alexander Berry and Psychology Professor
Dr. Virginia Andreoli-Mathie, the Commission heard from national
consultants, held public meetings, posted updates and received feedback
on the University's web site and met in subcommittees during the
Spring Semester 1999. On May 11, 1999, the Commission forwarded
to Dr. Rose its final report.
Within the report were the characteristics that the Commission identified
as part of their vision for James Madison University in 2008. During
the summer of 1999, the University's Division Heads and the University's
Board of Visitors reviewed and modified these characteristics. The
Defining Characteristics approved by the Board of Visitors have
become the framework for the University's planning activities in
Click here to view the archived
Centennial Commission report, including President Rose's charge
to the commission.