Announcing the 6th President of James Madison University

On November 28, 2011, the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Visitors completed the search for a new president with the board voting unanimously to elect Jonathan R. Alger as the sixth president of James Madison University. The following is an excerpt of remarks from Jim Hartman, Rector of the Board of Visitors, on the selection of Mr. Alger. A link to the full speech as well as Dr. Linwood Rose's 'Letter of Greeting' is at the base of the article.

Remarks  from Board of Visitors Rector, Mr. James E. Hartman

In the past 103 years, James Madison University has been led by only five presidents.  Considering the higher education landscape, this is indeed an extraordinary occurrence. We have enjoyed the continuity afforded by individuals who have governed and made decisions for the institution with the long-term interests of the university in mind.  Most recently of course, this trend of unparalleled tenure was furthered by Dr. Linwood H. Rose, who after 14 years in office will conclude his service as president.

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In doing so, Dr. Rose leaves behind a legacy of unwavering commitment to a student-centered institution, one dedicated to excellence and steadfast in its pursuit of our vision to be the leading public comprehensive university in the nation.  On behalf of the Board of Visitors I would once again like to commend Dr. Rose for his lasting contributions to the advancement of James Madison University.

It was in January, that we set out to find the sixth president of the university and in doing so sought input to develop a list of desired attributes.  We provided an open invitation to all faculty and staff and received over 250 substantive and thoughtful responses. After receiving valuable perspectives from these faculty and staff, as well as from senior administration, search committee members, and board members, we engaged in extensive reflection on those personal attributes.  As a result, we generated the following list of desirable characteristics…more