Faculty Champion:Nick Swayne

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Nick Swayne
School (Cohort)
James Madison University (2020 cohort)
Majoring in
Strategic Leadership


Nick Swayne is the Executive Director of 4-Virginia and the founder of JMU X-Labs. The 4-Virginia collaboration of eight Virginia public institutions works to leverage their strengths combined strengths to improve the efficiency and economic impact of higher education across the Commonwealth. He created JMU X-Labs to enable co-curricular course sharing and develop the campus innovation ecosystem. JMU X-Labs has been recognized by the Governor for innovation in higher education and regularly holds classes that range in topics from unmanned systems to homelessness. Nick regularly teaches Leadership in Organizations in the Human Resource Development program. He serves as faculty advisor for the Stanford University Innovation Fellows, the Executive Director of Virginia-DC robotics, chairs the Veteran Scholar’s Task Force, and is the founder of the Harrisonburg Regional Veterans Collaborative. Nick is completing his doctoral work in Post-secondary Strategic Leadership and is serving in his third term on the Harrisonburg City School Board. He’s a retired Army officer with 26 years of service.



Founder, JMU X-Labs; Elected 3x Harrisonburg City School Board; Almost finished my PhD

Awards and recognitions:

Noftsinger Leadership Award for catalyzing positive change in the Shenandoah Valley – April 2019

Governor’s Award for Innovative Technology in Higher Education – Autonomous Vehicle Program, September 2018

JMU President’s Purple Star Award for Innovation in Higher Education - 2018

Governor’s Award for Innovative Technology in Higher Education – JMU X-Labs, September 2017

4-VA Computer World’s Honors Laureate Award, March 2013

Virginia Association of Science Teacher – University Science Educator of the Year 2012

James Madison University, Provost Award for Outreach – 2011

Innovations in Higher Education Award, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council – 2008

Select military awards:

Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Social media profiles

[https://www.facebook.com/swaynedd] [https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickswayne/] [https://twitter.com/swaynedd] [https://www.instagram.com/swaynenick/] [https://jmuxlabs.org/]

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