Julian Ashby Burruss

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Julian Ashby Burruss (August 16, 1876 – January 4, 1947[1]) was the first President of James Madison University, although at the time of his service the university was the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. His service began in 1908 and ended in 1919 when he left JMU to become the eighth President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His tenure at Virginia Tech lasted from September 1, 1919 to July 1, 1945. James Madison and Virginia Tech each have one building named in Burruss' honor.


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Preceded by
James Madison University President
Succeeded by
Samuel Page Duke
Preceded by
Joseph Dupuy Eggleston
1913 – 1919
Virginia Tech President
1919 – 1945
Succeeded by
John Redd Hutcheson
1945 – 1947