JMU president to step down in 2012
James Madison University President Linwood Rose is leaving office in June 2012.
Rose announced Wednesday that he's stepping down from the post he's held since September 1998.
He informed the Board of Visitors of his plans well ahead of his departure to allow the school time to hire a new president.
The 59-year-old Rose has spent most of his career at James Madison, starting as assistant director of residence halls in 1975.
He took a leave to serve as Virginia's deputy secretary of education from August 1985 to January 1986.
During his tenure, JMU has added 25 buildings and increased enrollment to 19,400 students.
JMU also cut 10 sports teams in 2006 to achieve gender balance under a federal law governing intercollegiate athletics.
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