Student Affairs at JMU

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Dr. Mark Warner
Senior Vice President
Student Affairs

Our mission is our driving force, and our commitment to it is undaunted. We are intent on providing the best possible programs and services for our students and to help them develop life-long skills which will enable them to accomplish their dreams and realize success in all areas of life. With unlimited opportunities for personal and professional growth and 300+ student organizations, JMU provides an amazing environment in which the lives of students are transformed.

The University's planning process is at the core of everything we do. Without it, our ability to provide programs and services of distinction are diminished, and our purpose becomes unsure. Our mission can only be achieved, when our goals, and the attainment of them, are aligned with our vision. I encourage you to take a look at the University's mission, vision and defining characteristics, to gain a better understanding of the institution that we are, and intend to be.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance. We appreciate your feedback and comments.


Mark J. Warner

Senior Vice President
Student Affairs


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.


Academic Quality: We are dedicated to exemplary learning experiences because they are the essence of our mission.

Community: We thrive when we collaborate, respect and serve others, and appreciate our interconnectedness.

Diversity: We strive to be an inclusive community that values the richness of all individuals and perspectives.

Excellence: We seek to be innovative and to perform at the highest levels.

Integrity: We pursue ethical reasoning because it is essential to meaningful citizenship.

Student Focus: We provide experiences that challenge and support students.

What We Do

We provide support services, programs and resources so that student learning is engaged, relevant and applied.

We help students learn what they need to know and what they don't know they need to know.

We help build and maintain the culture of the institution toward belonging and community.

We help JMU address the changing needs of students.

We help our students learn accountability and how to overcome challenges by achieving an effective balance of challenge and support.

The Madison Way

"Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people." - James Madison

The JMU Community Is:

SCHOLARLY - Intellectual pursuit is our primary focus.

STUDIOUS - We are committed to the rigors of academic excellence and growth.

HONEST - Academic and personal integrity are fundamental components in any and all of our interactions.

ACCOUNTABLE - Individuals and groups accept responsibility for behaviors, and abide by laws and community standards.

RESPECTFUL - We appreciate and learn from the human ideological differences that make our community stronger.

RESILIENT - We possess the courage and commitment to face personal challenges and obstacles.

COMPASSIONATE - We thoughtfully contribute to the local, regional, national, and international community.

INVIGORATING - We are a friendly community and we make intentionally healthy choices about our physical, social and emotional lives.

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