Linwood H. Rose


-As James Madison University's fifth president, Linwood Rose found inspiration in the past as he led a university he knew well into an exciting future. Rose assumed the presidency in 1998, a pinnacle move in a career spent almost exclusively at JMU. A Staunton native and graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, Rose knew the school better than any of his predecessors when he assumed the presidency. And he knew where JMU should go. First, he looked back and strengthened the university's identification with President James Madison, aligning the school historically and philosophically with one of the nation's most influential presidents. Like President Madison, Rose led during a period in history where the ground seemed to be shifting. External forces such as fast-changing technologies, a broadening world perspective, and cataclysmic world events presented challenges which Rose met head on. In recognizing what lies just beyond the horizon, Rose charted a course not to simply react but to create opportunity throughout a landscape of change. He led exceptionally in recognizing the university's need for private funding. He also made the JMU world more beautiful and endearing by his vigorous support of the arts and by advocating protection of the environment. He encouraged and supported increased diversity on campus and challenged students, faculty and alumni to make the world a better place with their service.

Tenure: 1998-2012
Name: James Madison University

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Published: Friday, August 29, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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