Yesterday evening, the university announced the passing of President Emeritus, Dr. Ronald E. Carrier. JMU honors Dr. Carrier for his incredible leadership with our university. Below is the letter from President Alger:

“Dear Dukes:

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Dr. Ronald E. Carrier, fourth president of James Madison University. Dr. Carrier passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends.

As you know, Dr. Carrier was a legendary figure here at JMU. Though his accomplishments are too numerous to list, he shepherded our name change from Madison College to James Madison University, developed campus east of the interstate, created many new academic programs, and built our athletics program into a national champion at the NCAA Division I level. Dr. Carrier’s impact on this university, the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community, and higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia was immense.

James Madison University would not be today what it is without the leadership of Dr. Carrier. His tenacious advocacy on behalf of Madison proved to be vital to the growth and vitality of the university. He embodied the spirit that defines what it means to be a Duke. Dr. Carrier was a tireless, innovative visionary with a passion for students. I am grateful for his leadership, advice and friendship during my time here at JMU.

Memorial services will be announced at as soon as information becomes available. Dr. Carrier will be remembered fondly in the coming weeks and months including in the upcoming print edition of Madison magazine and on the helmets of our football team this season, but in the meantime, feel free to share how Dr. Carrier impacted your life on JMU’s social media channels. 


Jonathan R. Alger

JMU Sports also shared a tweet last night: Capture

If you have memories or experiences with Dr. Carrier, please share them on JMU’s Facebook post here.

Thank you, Dr. Carrier, for your tremendous impact and influence on JMU. We would not be the Madison we are today without you.

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