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Statue of James Madison near Varner Hall

The Madison Commission submitted its final report to the president on April 19, 2006. Among the many recommendations contained in the report, an update to the university's mission, vision and values was included. The university's Board of Visitors was briefed and the president moved to adopt the new statement in July 2006. They are:

Mission Statement

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

Vision Statement

To be the leading comprehensive university.

Values Statement

Our student-centered community values excellence, integrity and mutual respect.

Defining Characteristics




The Madison Commission also recommended a more comprehensive, yet shorter list of Defining Characteristics. The University's leadership has accepted these modifications and completed its revision of the Defining Characteristics. It is anticipated that more specific recommendations from the Madison Commission will be adopted in the future.

New developments regarding these adoptions will be posted periodically on the faculty and staff gateway and appear in-depth on this web site.