Introduction to James Madison University

Mission Statement

JMU provides quality comprehensive educational, cultural and social experiences for students. The university offers outstanding undergraduate instruction and supports quality programs at the graduate level. JMU seeks to address the economic, social and cultural needs of the region.

The university is committed to maintaining and enhancing an environment conducive to the highest level of individual empowerment by fostering a community that values innovation, human dignity, public service and diversity.

The university is a selective institution committed to superlative teaching. JMU is composed of students who can contribute to and benefit from the university's programs. The university gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop broad skills and in-depth knowledge. Academic programs are designed to contribute to useful and satisfying lives for students by preparing them for professional and career success and giving them an appreciation for lifelong learning and community involvement.

The university recognizes the importance of raising the expectations of students and of a proper balance between challenge and support. Talented and dedicated faculty and staff members present programs in an environment that facilitates the cognitive and affective development of a diverse student body.

In carrying out this mission, JMU is committed to the following interrelated goals:


JMU is authorized to confer the following degrees:


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of General Studies
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work


Master of Arts
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Music
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science
Master of Science in Education
Educational Specialist
Doctor of Psychology


JMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctor of psychology degrees.

JMU is also accredited by the

Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
American Dietetic Association
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council on Social Work Education (baccalaureate level)
Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National Athletic Trainers' Association
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National League for Nursing
Society for Public Health Education
Virginia Board of Nursing
Virginia State Board of Education.

It is a member of the

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
Association of American Colleges
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Virginia Colleges
College and University Personnel Association
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Southeastern Universities Research Association

an institutional and educational member of the

Association of Computing Machinery

and a corporate member of the

American Association of University Women.


In its 88-year history JMU has grown from a state normal and industrial school for women to today's coeducational comprehensive university with a fall 1995 enrollment of 11,927.

Dr. Ronald E. Carrier, JMU's fourth president, has headed the institution since 1971. During Carrier's administration, student enrollment and the number of university faculty have both doubled, more than 20 major campus buildings have been constructed, and the university has been recognized by many national publications.

The university was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg.

In 1914, the name of the university was changed to the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. Authorization to award bachelor's degrees was granted in 1916. During this initial period of development, the campus plan was established and six buildings were constructed.

The university became the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1924 and continued under that name until 1938, when it was named Madison College in honor of the fourth president of the United States. In 1977, the university's name was changed to James Madison University.

The first president of the university was Julian Ashby Burruss. The university opened its doors to its first student body in 1909 with an enrollment of 209 students and a faculty of 15. Its first 20 graduates received diplomas in 1911.

Dr. Samuel Page Duke became the second president of the university in 1919 upon the resignation of Burruss, who became president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. During Duke's administration, nine major buildings were constructed. Men were first enrolled as regular day students in 1946.

Dr. G. Tyler Miller became the third president of the university in 1949, following the retirement of Duke. During Miller's administration, from 1949 to 1970, the campus was enlarged by 240 acres and 19 buildings were constructed. Major curriculum changes were made, and the university was authorized to grant master's degrees in 1954. In 1966, by action of the Virginia General Assembly, the university became a coeducational institution. In 1995, the university was authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to offer the Doctor of Psychology degree in school and counseling psychology.

JMU Alumni

JMU benefits from an active, enthusiastic and supportive alumni association. With 61,902 degrees conferred since its founding in 1908, the JMU Alumni Association strives to develop and stimulate a continuing interest in the university by providing opportunities for service, fellowship, networking and loyalty for our alumni, parents of current students and friends of the university.

Twenty-one alumni chapters and 15 clubs across the country sponsor events and newsletters. In addition to the celebrated Homecoming festivities, class reunions are hosted annually for alumni commemorating their fifth, 10th, 20th, 25th, 40th, 45th and 50th reunions. Appointed volunteers on the Alumni Board of Directors advise the alumni office in the implementation and management of affairs of the Alumni Association.

The quarterly newspaper, Montpelier, provides information about the university to all alumni, parents of currently enrolled students, friends and businesses, corporations and foundations associated with JMU.

For additional information regarding JMU alumni, contact the alumni office at (540) 568-6234.

JMU Foundation

The James Madison University Foundation Inc., founded in 1969, seeks funds from all available sources to provide the highest level of excellence possible for JMU.

The foundation, in coordination with the Division of University Advancement, seeks gifts for the university from alumni, parents of students, faculty and staff members, state and national corporations and foundations. A planned giving program is also offered to potential donors as a means of supporting the university.

Funds raised by the foundation are used in a variety of ways to assist the university, such as


The general responsibility for the administration of the university has been assigned to the president, who is appointed by the JMU Board of Visitors. When the board is in recess, its executive committee may exercise the power of the board.

Assisting the president in the administration of the university are an executive vice president; divisional vice presidents for academic affairs, administration and finance, student affairs and advancement; a provost for the College of Integrated Science and Technology; and the executive assistant to the president. Appointment to these positions, to other administrative offices, and to the university's faculty and staff are made by the board of visitors upon the recommendation of the president.

In addition to the Graduate School, there are five undergraduate colleges at JMU:

A provost, deans, department heads and the university's more than 700 faculty members (77 percent full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees) are responsible to the vice president for academic affairs in all matters pertaining to instruction.

JMU Board of Visitors

Robert LaRose, Rector, Clifton
Clarence Penn Jr., Vice Rector, Surry
Alexander Berry, Richmond
Paul Chiapparone, Plano, Texas
Charles Cunningham, Virginia Beach
Martha Grover, Chester
Henry Harrell, Richmond
Conrad Helsley, Woodstock
Jean Appleby Jackson, Fairfax
Elizabeth Jolly, Charlottesville
Abbot Lambert, Richmond
Diane Lively, Winchester
Mark Obenshain, Harrisonburg
Jay Parker, Washington, D.C.
Zane D. Showker, Harrisonburg
Kelley O'Dell, Student Member, JMU and Chester
Barbara Castello, Secretary, Harrisonburg

Administrative Council

Ronald E. Carrier, Ph.D., President
Barbara P. Castello, Ed.D., Vice President for University Advancement
Fred D. Hilton Jr., Director, Media Relations
Carol L. Kefalas, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for University Relations
Charles W. King Jr., M.A., Vice President for Administration and Finance
Donald L. Lemish, M.A., Director of Athletics
Jeffrey M. Nobel, J.D., Executive Assistant to the President
Bethany S. Oberst, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jackson E. Ramsey, Ph.D., Provost, College of Integrated Science and Technology
Linwood H. Rose, Ed.D., Executive Vice President
Robert L. Scott, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

Academic Council

Bethany S. Oberst, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kathleen G. Arthur, Ph.D., Director, International Education
A. Jerry Benson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education and Psychology
Dorothy A. Boyd-Rush, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School
Douglas T. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
T. Dary Erwin, Ph.D., Director, Student Assessment
Norman E. Garrison, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Teresa A. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Linda Cabe Halpern, Ph.D., Dean, General Education
John B. Noftsinger Jr., M.A., Director, Economic Development and External Programs
Jackson E. Ramsey, Ph.D., Provost, College of Integrated Science and Technology
Robert D. Reid, Ed.D., Dean, College of Business
Dennis E. Robison, M.A., M.S., Dean, Integrated Learning Resources
Richard F. Whitman, Ph.D., Provost, College of Arts and Letters

Introduction and General Information Directory

Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University