Letter from the Chair


April 11, 2011

Dear Faculty and Staff of James Madison University:

The distinctive identity of James Madison University is accentuated by long term executive vision and care taken by the five presidents who served throughout its 103-year history.  With the announcement of JMU President Linwood H. Rose’s plan to step down in June of 2012, there is no greater responsibility as members of the Board of Visitors than to assure that such excellence and continuity in leadership is perpetuated. 

James Madison University SealAs the chair of the Presidential Search for our university, I wanted to take opportunity to provide an update on our progress to date.

First, as you may have read, we have selected a presidential search firm, Greenwood/Asher & Associates, to assist us in identifying candidates.  Some of you may be familiar with Greenwood/Asher as they have partnered with the university on past searches such as, the Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Director of the School for Strategic Leadership Studies.  The search firm will provide consulting services to the university’s Board of Visitors in order to attract a suitable applicant pool, provide overall guidance to the search process, assist the Search Committee with the evaluation of candidates, and coordinate placement of the successful individual as President of the University.

Next, I would like to thank those of you who invested thoughtful reflection into composing a list of desirable presidential attributes and notable qualities of the university.  Your survey responses have proven extremely valuable and will continue to influence our committee throughout the evaluation of candidates.

We would also invite you to make nominations for presidential candidates.  Please send nominations and applications to: jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com

Finally, in order to give you a sense for ongoing progress on the search, we have published a web page to serve as a central point of information on search process and periodic developments. Ultimately, our desire is to select the next president of James Madison University by the end of January.


I am pleased to report that members of the Presidential Search Committee continue to offer blended perspectives from the university’s constituencies and remain committed to identifying and evaluating candidates for ultimate review and approval by the JMU Board of Visitors.


Joseph F. Damico

Chair of the Presidential Search

James Madison University