Inauguration Begins JMU’s Alger Era

Elaborate Ceremony Ushers In University’s Sixth President

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Posted: March 16, 2013

“I am especially grateful to those who have come before me and opened the doors,” said new James Madison University president Jonathan Alger, acknowledging predecessors Ronald Carrier and Linwood Rose. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
Jonathan Alger is sworn in as James Madison University’s sixth president by Board of Visitors Rector Joe Funkhouser (left) on Friday as Alger’s wife, Mary Ann, holds the Bible.
New JMU first lady Mary Ann Alger and 14-year-old daughter Eleanor beam as Jonathan Alger approaches the podium for his inauguration on Friday.
Gov. Bob McDonnell was on hand to describe Alger as “a person that just really seems to me to have that servant’s heart as Madison did.”
Jonathan Alger delivers his inaugural address as James Madison University’s sixth president during the ceremony Friday at JMU’s Convo Center.
HARRISONBURG — As Jonathan Alger removed his hand from the Bible in the Convocation Center Friday, more than 3,000 people stood to applaud an event that hasn’t been celebrated for nearly 14 years —…

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