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JMU inaugurating 6th president

Friday - 3/15/2013, 11:10am  ET

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- James Madison University is inaugurating its sixth president.

Jonathan Alger officially takes the helm of the Harrisonburg university Friday. He tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) that it's very unusual in American higher education for a university to have only six presidents in 105 years.

Alger began his new job July 1 upon the retirement of President Linwood Rose. He began a listening tour to gather ideas that will be used by a commission that will build on JMU's strengths and set priorities.

According to Alger, the university combines the strengths of a small liberal arts college and a larger research institution. JMU was started as a teachers college for women and now has nearly 20,000 students.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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