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JMU Vice Provost Recognized for Homeland Security and Higher Education Achievements

From: Public Affairs

James Madison University Vice Provost Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. has been recognized by two other institutions for his contributions both to homeland security and higher education.

Noftsinger recently was named a senior fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and the winner of the 2009 Maude A. Stewart Award as a distinguished alumnus of The Ohio State University.

At the HSPI, a non-partisan "think and do” tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach, Noftsinger will participate in roundtable sessions with senior government officials and collaborate to publish policy papers, including issue briefs that speak to the day’s most pressing homeland security challenges.

The Stewart Award is presented annually to an OSU alumnus who demonstrates exceptional leadership, service or innovation in the profession of higher education and student affairs.

Noftsinger, a Roanoke native and 1985 alumnus of JMU, received a master of arts in higher education administration and student affairs from Ohio State in 1987. The programs in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership are consistently ranked in the top 10 and last year ranked sixth in nation according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools. Noftsinger received his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.

"To be recognized for the work my colleagues and I have done at JMU is truly an honor,” Noftsinger said. "I am proud to be a graduate of such quality institutions. The education, academic and practical experience I received at both JMU and OSU have served me well and continue to impact my career in higher education."

Noftsinger serves as vice provost for research and public service and is a professor of integrated science and technology and education at JMU. He previously served as associate vice president of academic affairs for research and public service. In his current role, he has primary responsibility for facilitating external grant and contract funding, homeland defense and security research programs, economic development, technology transfer and academic service programs for JMU.

For more information, contact Bill Wyatt in the JMU Office of Public Affairs at (540) 568-4908 or