Students React to New JMU President

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University hosted Madisonfest Friday evening but it was wasn't President Madison everyone thought about,it was their new president, Jonathan Alger.

"I'm excited for him," said junior Stacey Kropaczek.

Some students are surprised by how president Alger carries himself. They think that's a great thing.

"He waved at anyone he passed and he smiled at them and..I like that. He is trying to connect with people while he is walking by them," said freshman Alyssa Francis.

"President Alger has been very personable with all the students. I have met him a few times, I am in the marching band and it was the second day of camp that he came and met everyone," said junior Stacey Kropaczek.

"He's wonderful. When I first met him, I thought, I don't think you're real.(laughs) You're too nice, but then I met him a number of other times after that. He's the same to everybody," said senior Trey Smith.

After the president was officially sworn in, students at JMU are now looking for other things. They expect some changes.

"The alumni giving culture has been a little low by giving back to the university. He's trying to really push that and ramp that back up," said Smith.

"I would like it they would get more professors and maybe like make the classes a lot smaller," said Francis.

Students are looking forward to see what Alger can do as president.

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