New JMU President Discusses Goals for Upcoming School Year

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Presidents of several Valley schools, including James Madison University, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Blue Ridge Community College and the campus director of National College were in Harrisonburg on Tuesday.

They each laid out their plans for the new year.

JMU's new president Jonathan Alger, who started on the job on July 1, told a WHSV reporter step one for him is to hear from the campus on ways to improve.

"I will learn the answer to the question: why Madison? From many different perspectives to understand from our communities both on campus and off campus what we can do better, what we're doing well, and what makes the place special, and what we can do to make it even more special, so that's certainly going to be one of the major things this coming year," said President Alger.

This year will be the highest enrollment at JMU, with more than 20,000 students. The first day of class is Aug 27.

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