Education 2023: JONATHAN R. ALGER
PRESIDENT, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, HARRISONBURG
Alger, who joined JMU in 2012, has led the public university to new heights. In the past two years, the university received R2 research classification from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, joined the Sun Belt Conference and the FBS level in NCAA Division I football, and saw the graduation of the first cohort from the Valley Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for first-generation students from the Shenandoah Valley. Alger also led JMU’s $251 million fundraising campaign that concluded last year.
Alger, who has a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a law degree from Harvard, previously served as senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers University, and before that, as assistant general counsel at the University of Michigan. He is chair-elect of the Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and serves on the national board of directors for the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
IF I HAD A TIME MACHINE, I’D MEET: James Madison — I’d love to hear his thoughts on the progress and state of our democracy.