JMU selects Alger as sixth president
“We desired a leader who values our student-centered focus, emphasis on teaching and is committed to the full development of the individual. We needed someone with an appreciation for the historical strengths of the University and one willing to invest time to understand our distinct institutional culture. Today, in Jon Alger we feel we have found the individual who best encompasses such values and is well positioned to lead our university into the next century,” said James Madison University Board of Visitors Rector, James Hartman.
Alger is now the sixth president of James Madison University in its 103-year history. Alger comes to James Madison University by way of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
“JMU has had a remarkable history of successful presidents who have guided the University through tremendous growth and change. This legacy reflects a strong institution with a clear sense of identity and purpose. Working with the entire University community, I will strive to continue, and build upon, that powerful tradition. I am deeply honored and humbled with this opportunity to serve James Madison University,” said Alger.
The selection comes following a comprehensive and successful search process over the past 11 months. The search committee, which was appointed by the James Madison University Board of Visitors, was assembled following last year’s announcement by JMU President Linwood Rose of his retirement in June of 2012.
“As chair of the search committee that recommended Jon Alger, and as a committed alumnus I couldn’t be more excited that Jon will be our next president. I’m extremely proud of the search committee, our process, our search firm, the quantity and quality of candidates and the outcome,” said Presidential Search Committee Chair, Joseph Damico.
While President Rose was needed in Richmond and unable to attend, he provided a letter of encouragement to Alger stating: “We all look forward to your leadership and the application of your special talents, interests and abilities. Judith and I stand ready to support and assist wherever and whenever we may be helpful.”