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The JMU Parents Council is an opportunity to participate in the dynamic programs at JMU. It was formed in 1978 to involve parents in the affairs of the university and to serve as a forum for the exchange of information concerning the various activities and programs of the university.
The Council consists of 191 representatives representing each of the four classes. Members are selected as married couples or as single parents. Representatives are eligible to serve for four years or until their children are no longer enrolled at JMU.
The purpose of the Parents Council is
• To provide advice and guidance to the Division of University Advancement on programs related to parents
• To serve as a liaison between the university and parents
• To serve as an effective spokesperson and advocate for the university
The JMU Parents Council meets twice each year - once in the fall on the Friday of Parents Weekend and once in the spring. During these meetings, the council meets in subcommittees and as a group for the general council meeting. Guest speakers will include administrators, faculty members, students and coaches who discuss various aspects of campus life.
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There are five subcommittees of the Parents Council. Each member of the council has the opportunity to serve on one of five subcommittees:
1. Finance and Physical Development
3. Student Life
4. Enrollment Services
5. Resource Development
Parents interested in being considered for membership should complete the Parents Council Brochure/Application. Fifteen applicants will be selected for telephone interviews conducted by the chairpersons of the council. Final selection and notification will take place by the end of August.