In 1998, Linwood Rose took office as the fifth president of JMU.
Representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the local community, students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and colleagues shared greetings and best wishes to President Rose.
“I know Dr. Rose will take full advantage of [this opportunity] and build upon it successfully. People are looking at Virginia today,” Donald W. Upson, Virginia secretary of technology, said at the ceremony.
James Couchand, professor of psychology and speaker of the Faculty Senate, read a resolution passed by the faculty in honor and support of Rose.
“The faculty seeks to work in a collaborative and congenial manner with President Rose for the betterment of the university and the students this university is committed to serve,” Couchand said.
Students also pledged their support.
“On behalf of all the students of JMU, I offer our support and best wishes for your successful presidency,” said Austin F. Adams, president of the Student Government Association, according to Montpelier Magazine.
JMU Parents Council co-chairs John and Emily Cocowitch unveiled a chain of office, which was commissioned by the council and given to JMU for the president to wear at official ceremonies.
Rose served as president until June 2012, when he announced the end of his tenure and was appointed to the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia.