Rose To Step Down As JMU President In 2012

Brent Finnegan -- December 8th, 2010

James Madison University President Linwood Rose announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that he will be “ending his service” in June of 2012.

In a prepared statement, Rose said:

I have informed rector Jim Hartman and the other members of the Board of Visitors that I will end my service as the president of James Madison University in June of 2012. I announce my intentions now so that the Board and the University will have sufficient time to search for a new president […]

There is much to be done in the time remaining before I hand the keys to the office to the next president. There are two legislative sessions and four commencements. There will be no “winding down.” We will approach all of our responsibilities with the full intensity and drive characteristic of our work throughout the previous decade. Dr. Ronald Carrier, who prepared me for this job, handed me an institution in great shape in 1998 and I plan to turn over an even better one to the new leadership in 2012.

Jim Hartman, Chairman of the JMU Board of Visitors commented on finding a new president:

I am pleased to announce that Joseph Damico, who has been a member of the board for seven and one-half years, and who served as Rector for two of those years, has agreed to serve as the chair of the search committee. With his consultation I will appoint the membership of the search committee in the near future. Obviously, the major constituent groups of the institution will be represented on the committee.

A search firm will be engaged to assist the committee and the board. Ultimately, the search committee will make its recommendation to the Board of Visitors and the final selection of the new president will rest with the Board. It is always a challenge to predict a timetable in these matters, but it would be my hope that by first quarter, 2012 we will have selected a new president. This schedule provides time for the new president to become more familiar with the institution after selection before taking over the leadership of the university on July 1, 2012.

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2 Responses to “Rose To Step Down As JMU President In 2012”

  1. Deb SF says:

    The picture of Dr. Rose accompanying the DNR front page piece seemed more like one that would go with a “sentenced to 2 years” rather than a “planning an active 18 months” kind of story. Sort of weird.

  2. Jamie Smith says:

    His announcement didn’t mention his first wife who worked to put him through grad school and had his two sons. Maybe the DNR will do a follow-up.

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