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James Madison University names new president

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A Rutgers University official has been named the next president of James Madison University.

Jonathan R. Alger was selected today in a unanimous vote by the JMU Board of Visitors. He is senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey.

Alger becomes the sixth president in the 103-year history of Harrisonburg-based JMU. He follows Linwood Rose who last year announced his plans to retire in June 2012.

“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,” Alger said in a statement. “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,”.

The selection of Alger follows a search process during the past 11 months.

Before joining Rutgers, Alger was assistant general counsel at the University of Michigan, counsel for the American Association of University Professors, an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and an associate in the Labor and Employment Section of the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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