From Madison College to James Madison University

 

Dr. Carrier looks on as Governor Godwin signs the bill that created James Madison University. Images of James Madison University, pg. 88.

Dr. Carrier looks on as Governor Godwin signs the bill that created James Madison University. Images of James Madison University, pg. 88.

On March 22nd, 2013, Governor Godwin of Virginia signed the bill that turned Madison College into James Madison University. The name change, Dr. Carrier recalled, had been proven to be popular through many surveys sent out to students and alumni (Interview, April 2nd 2013). Many recognized that, in order to expand Madison College and improve its academic success, it needed to be recognized as a certified university.

New sign with James Madison University. Images of James Madison University, pg. 88.

New sign with James Madison University. Images of James Madison University, pg. 88

This name change was the culmination of all of the changes that had occurred to Madison College since the start of Dr. Carrier’s presidency. Without the changes to the student body, administration, academic curriculum, and the introduction of a football program, Madison College might never have achieved university status.

Homecoming float in fall 1977. Images of James Madison University, pg. 89.

Homecoming float in fall 1977. Images of James Madison University, pg. 89.

Dr. Carrier had realized his dream of turning Madison College into a regional institution and he wasn’t even done with his first decade as president. Carrier would stay on as president of James Madison University until 1998. Many more changes occurred throughout that time such as the introduction of the CISAT program, the development of East Campus, and the construction of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. These changes have allowed James Madison to grow into a nationally recognized institution known for its strong academics, personable campus, and the high value it places on its students. Without the dramatic changes that occurred throughout the 1970’s that were a result of Carrier’s leadership and vision, James Madison would not be the institution it is today.