Ronald E. Carrier

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Ronald E. Carrier (born August 18, 1932) is the fourth President of James Madison University (JMU), having served from 1971 to 1998. Carrier presided over JMU as it grew dramatically in size and in reputation. Carrier now serves as the university's chancellor. Carrier Library on the JMU campus is named for him.

During his time as president Carrier expanded JMU "from a prominently female institution holding 4,000 students to a co-ed university with 14,000 students. Dr. Carrier expanded the grounds of JMU more than 100 acres, and he is largely credited with the vision of East Campus, and the resulting expansion of the university to the eastern side of I-81. A total of 40 new buildings were also constructed at a cost of 210 million dollars."[1]

Carrier was affectionately known on campus as "Uncle Ron,"[2] a reflection of his connection with students.

Carrier was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and on the faculty of Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) before coming to JMU.


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  2. ^ Graham, Martha. "Ronald E. Carrier: Takes Madison to a University". Retrieved 2009-11-18. 

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Preceded by
G. Tyler Miller
James Madison University President
Succeeded by
Linwood H. Rose