Rutgers Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jonathan Alger is leaving the university to become president of James Madison University in Virginia, both universities announced today.
James Madison’s Board of Visitors was unanimous in its selection of Alger, 47, a Harvard Law School graduate who served on Rutgers’ senior leadership team and oversaw all legal affairs for Rutgers, according to statements issued by the schools.
Alger, who has spent seven years at Rutgers, also taught an undergraduate course on higher-education law and a first year seminar on diversity issues there. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, he was assistant general counsel and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan.
When he takes the helm July 1, Alger will become the sixth president of James Madison University in its 103-year history.