Linwood Howard Rose (born 1951) was the fifth president of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Rose held 11 other positions at JMU before being named acting president in the fall of 1997, chief executive in September 1998, and being formally inaugurated on September 17, 1999.
He has also served as the Deputy Secretary of Education in Virginia and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee in 2002. This was followed by an appointment from Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell to the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment
Rose announced in December 2010 that he plans to end his presidency in June 2012. He has been replaced by Jonathan R. Alger of Rutgers University.