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College of Science and Mathematics

President Alger on tour

President Alger meets with a college experiencing the dramatic surge in growth associated with the recent nationwide emphasis in the STEM fields.
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College of Visual and Performing Arts

President Alger on tour

Madison is known for the arts, and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is a drawing card in the recruitment of students and faculty members.
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Graduate School
JMU's top-notch programs show a commitment to quality: We are not adding programs just for the sake of growing, but we are selective and responsive to the needs of the marketplace.

Pat ('92) and Emmitt Smith opened up their home for the "Why Madison?" Listening Tour for Texas alumni who came from Dallas, Austin, Houston and points in between.

Steve and Dee Dee Leeolou ('78), staunch supporters of JMU, hosted an involved and engaged group of alumni at the listening tour event in Charlotte, N.C.

College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Fast-growing enrollment in this college's programs highlights the crucial juncture where JMU finds itself today.

Duke Club Board of Directors
These alumni say that athletics should not be separate from the university's academic life, but should be very much a part of the educational experience at JMU.

Research and Public Service
This opportunity to interact with RPS, a vital societal interface for JMU, produced a quite productive interchange.

Faculty Senate
Faculty representatives provide President Alger with their insights on Madison's strengths and challenges.

College of Integrated Science and Engineering
President Alger hears from an innovative and connected group of faculty who structure curriculum that encourages students to apply science and technology to solve human problems.

Liberal Arts Alumni
Alumni and faculty shared the lifelong benefits a liberal arts education provides for our alumni.

Being with Madison alumni and parents in Philadelphia, at the site of the Constitutional Convention at which James Madison was the key player, was a treat.

Parents Council
Parents say that their students often refer to JMU as home, and that really says something.

Libraries and Educational Technologies
This group had specific insights to share as to where some of the university's best engagement opportunities might be.

CoB Executive Advisory Council
Many of these business alumni said they got reengaged with JMU when they had the opportunity to come back to campus and re-experience the energy that exists only on this campus.

College of Business Leadership Council
College of Business faculty has not been afraid to dream big or put in the extra time and effort to make plans work.

Outreach and Engagement
This group is helping JMU to reach some of the true outposts of Virginia that are underserved in terms of education and economic development.

Honors Advisory Council
Dedicated alumni groups like the HAC help envision and build an even stronger future.

College of Education
A deeply engaged, collaborative and holistic faculty say they prepare future teachers they would want to teach their own children.

Faculty Emeriti Association
Retired faculty members offered strong opinions on the live classroom environment at JMU.

Office of International Programs and Academic Programs
Visits with the Office of International Programs and the Office of Academic Programs were a fount of information and ideas for us to study.

University Studies and College of Arts and Letters
President Alger meets with University Studies and the College of Arts and Letters department heads, coordinators and faculty advisory committees

Huffman Hall
JMU might seem like a large place to new students, but they soon realize and appreciate it's a very welcoming community.

Parents Council
Parents say that their students often refer to JMU as home, and that really says something.

San Francisco
San Francisco Bay area alumni expressed a real longing to be engaged in Madison.

Portola Valley
Our "Why Madison?" reception was a real treat for all of us in Portola Valley, Calif., at the home of 1982 alumnus Paul Holland, who has built what is being called "the greenest house in America."

People told us that JMU's general education program lays a foundation they can use for the rest of their lives.

At the Reston event, President Alger heard alumni credit the good preparation they received at JMU as fundamental to their successful careers.

Virginia Beach
The beautiful home of Dick and Shirley Roberts, a 1956 graduate of Madison, provided a wonderful family feeling for the President's Council members who came from the whole region to share why Madison matters to them.

At our "Why Madison?" listening tour event in Richmond, we heard so many stories tonight about how JMU affected people's lives.

One of many points shared was that people at JMU don't say "no" instead they try to help people get to "yes." They try to help students and colleagues who have ideas they want to explore.

Why Madison?
In the short time leading up to and since I took office as president, I acquired a great deal of the knowledge and made the relationships necessary to successfully lead James Madison University. But still there is much for me to learn. I must acquire a complete 360-degree understanding of the university's strengths as well as its challenges and a deeper understanding of what makes Madison unique.

Speaking the same language
Can higher education meet the demands of the future? In this Q&A, President Jonathan Alger explains why the JMU model of an "engaged university" is vitally important in developing the kind of citizens the 21st century needs.