George Mason University

University Leadership

Success Starts Here

We are a progressive, diverse university and our leadership reflects that. We come from many different backgrounds, many different places, and each of us brings something different to the table. It is these very contrasts that allow us to look beyond the expected as we share the responsibility and commitment to ensure the success of our students in their academic goals, personal lives, careers, communities and whatever other endeavors they may choose to pursue.

Our graduates go on to become involved, caring and contributing members of society, who seek to make a positive imprint. It’s the best lesson we teach.

Our world depends on creative and critical thinkers, and our democracy depends on the open minds of our citizens. Cultivating these characteristics is a fundamental responsibility of every public university.

Anne Holton, Interim President

Anne Holton, Interim President

Interim President

On Aug. 1, 2019, Anne Holton became the seventh president of George Mason University, the largest, most diverse and fastest-growing university in Virginia. The former Virginia Secretary of Education is the first female president in Mason history.

Since May 2017, Holton has served as a Mason visiting professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government and the College of Education and Human Development. She is serving as interim president while a national search is conducted for a permanent successor to Ángel Cabrera.

Holton leads one of the highest-achieving research universities in the country as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With 38,000 students, Mason is equally committed to providing opportunity, accounting for 64 percent of public university enrollment growth in Virginia from 2010 to 2018.

Mason’s mission of access to excellence mirrors Holton’s impactful career in education, law and public service, leading efforts on behalf of families and children. After earning her law degree at Harvard, Holton worked as an attorney for low-income families from 1985 to 1998 with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. She then served as a judge on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the city of Richmond from 1998 to 2005, including a stint as chief judge from 2000 to 2003.

As Virginia’s First Lady when her husband, Sen. Tim Kaine, was governor from 2006 to 2010, Holton championed foster care system reform. Her program, For Keeps: Families for All Virginia Teens, helped find permanent families for foster children of all ages. Holton consulted on national foster care reform with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child Welfare Strategy Group and later directed Great Expectations, a Virginia Foundation for Community College Education program that assists foster youth in pursuing a college education.

As Virginia’s Secretary of Education from 2014 to 2016, Holton worked to increase Virginia’s investment in public education, to promote innovation and teaching and learning in state schools, and to ensure every student has a successful pathway to the future, particularly children who live in poverty.

In addition to her work as a Mason visiting professor researching education, social welfare and urban policy, Holton is a visiting Fellow at Mason’s Center for Education Policy and Evaluation, which promotes equity and improved educational outcomes for all students by connecting research to policy and practice.

Holton’s commitment to equal opportunity in education started early. Her father, former Virginia Gov. A. Linwood Holton Jr., helped integrate the inner city schools of Richmond by sending his own children to Richmond city schools. Anne Holton’s three children, now adults, also attended Richmond public schools.

The Holton family also has a long history with Mason. Her father as governor in 1972 signed legislation that granted George Mason University its independence from the University of Virginia. That measure cleared the way for a state university to anchor the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., resulting in the vibrant Northern Virginia of today. Mason in 2016 named a plaza on the university’s Fairfax Campus in honor of the elder Holton.

Anne Holton’s awards include Outstanding Woman of the Year in Law from the YWCA of Richmond in 2006 and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Families for Life Award of Distinction in 2008. In 2017, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed her to the Virginia Board of Education.

Holton, a Roanoke, Va., native, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1980 and earned her law degree from Harvard in 1983.

Executive Council *

Lester L. Arnold Sr., Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll

Lester L. Arnold Sr. was appointed the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President for Human Resources & Payroll for George Mason University in July 2019. In this role he is responsible for working collaboratively across the university with key stakeholders to engage in a people-focused mission-driven organization that is in alignment with the strategic goals and objectives of the university. Lester also provides oversite for HR functional areas to include Benefits, Employee Relations, Life/Work Connections, Organizational Development, Learning, and Coaching, Payroll, Reward and Recognition, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Planning and Compensation.

Previously, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC where he also served as an Adjunct Faculty member providing instruction for a course in Human Resources Management and Employee Law.

A career human resources professional, Lester has been in the field since 1991.  Prior to higher education, Lester has served in multiple senior human resources leadership positions for several national corporations such as FOCUS Brands Inc. (franchisor and operator of over 6,300 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants, and cafés in 54 foreign countries and U.S. territories under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Jamba Juice®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Seattle’s Best Coffee®), ARAMARK, Lowe's, and Wells Fargo.

Lester earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University and a MBA degree with a Human Resources Management concentration from the University of Hartford. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Trishana Bowden, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations, President of George Mason University Foundation

Trishana Bowden joined George Mason University in March 2019 as the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations and President of the George Mason University Foundation.

As the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations and President of the Foundation, Trishana reports jointly to the President of the university and the Foundation Board of Trustees, working harmoniously with a multitude of highly engaged and energetic university and foundation partners. She is responsible for developing, executing, and evaluating all aspects of the university’s comprehensive fundraising program, including annual giving, major and leadership giving, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, alumni relations, research and prospect management, development services, and donor cultivation and stewardship.

Trishana will provide vision and direction for University Advancement with a clear focus on future fundraising after the completion of the record-setting Faster Farther campaign, which concluded in December 2018. She will provide strategic leadership and direction for post-campaign analytics, reporting, and followup, while working with key leadership to develop clear priorities and a plan for future support through pipeline development, alumni engagement, and participation strategies.

Bowden came to Mason from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where she was the Vice President for Advancement, responsible for providing strategy, leadership and direction for fundraising, alumni and parent relations, campaign planning, and implementation. Her accomplishments there included diversifying and strengthening Goucher’s donor base and pipeline to build a culture of philanthropy, which led to a doubling of overall giving to the institution in less than three years.

Prior to her work at Goucher, Trishana was the Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law. She also served as Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement at American University Washington College of Law and has held development positions at the American Lung Association of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. She received a B.S. in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Towson University in 1991.

Deborah Crawford, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact

Dr. Deborah Crawford joined Mason as Vice President for Research in April 2016. She is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the full range of the university’s research activities.

Previously, she was with the International Computer Science Institute, an independent non-profit research organization affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as president and executive director. From 2010 to 2014, she served as senior vice provost for Research at Drexel University.

From 1993 to 2010, Crawford worked at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in executive and program management positions in the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, and Engineering, and in the Office of the Director. Crawford also served as NSF’s liaison to the National Science and Technology Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Institutes of Health. She was recognized by the President of the United States for her contributions to science and science policy, receiving a Presidential Rank Award in 2006 and in 2010.

Prior to joining NSF, Crawford’s research interests were in high-speed optical and optoelectronic systems in work done at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of California Santa Barbara, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Crawford earned her PhD in Information Systems Engineering from the University of Bradford, and her B.Sc. (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

Sharon Cullen, Director, Presidential Administration

Sharon Cullen manages all aspects of the president’s activities and commitments, engages in university-related initiatives and oversees the President’s Office operations, along with the members of the presidential administrative team. She works closely with the president, senior administration, and across a broad spectrum of the university.

Ms. Cullen is a member of Executive and President’s Councils.  She is an alum of the Leadership Legacy program (Cohort 2) and is also engaged in the university’s wellbeing initiative. 

In June 2007, she received a Certificate of Achievement for her accomplishments and contributions to the president and Mason.  In December 2011, she was presented with a Presidential Citation for assisting in the apprehension of a campus perpetrator.

Ms. Cullen joined Mason’s Office of the Provost in January 2000 and transitioned to the President’s Office in 2001.  Prior to joining Mason, she was involved in academic administration at Georgia Tech, Augusta College, the University of North Dakota and Northern Virginia Community College.

She is a graduate of Duluth Business University with a concentration in legal administration and holds a paralegal certificate with 10 years of related experience in various areas of the law.  She is also a member of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE).

Brad Edwards, Assistant Vice President, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Brad Edwards became the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history on July 1, 2014. Prior to Mason, he served as athletic director at Jacksonville University and at Newberry College. He began his work in intercollegiate athletics in 1999 after a successful nine-year career in the NFL, joining his alma mater, the University of South Carolina.

In just three years at Mason, Mr. Edwards has led a departmental effort that secured more than $17 million in new revenue and product through fundraising and corporate sponsorship agreements, including a $13.7 million 20-year naming rights partnership with EagleBank. In March 2017, Mason athletics recently completed the $1.3 million phase 1 of the baseball stadium renovation. Additionally, the department has begun Phase 1 of the Patriots Basketball Improvement Plan primarily focused on providing a dedicated practice facility for the Patriots basketball teams and a complete overhaul of the basketball locker rooms in EagleBank Arena.

At Jacksonville, Mr. Edwards raised a department record of approximately $3 million in new capital gifts for athletic facilities. At South Carolina, Mr. Edwards played a primary role in the development of more than $170 million in revenue, construction projects and project financing. Mr. Edwards also played a critical part in new facility design, development and construction; most notably assistance with day-to-day oversight of design and construction of the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena, and primary oversight of the 34,000-square-foot Charles Crews Football Facility. Mr. Edwards was responsible for all venue concessions and food service, department advertising and multimedia rights, executive suites and assisting in securing major financial gifts.

Mr. Edwards earned second-team All-American honors after the 1987 season for the Gamecocks. He went on to play free safety in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP with the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team. Mr. Edwards is a member of South Carolina (statewide) athletic Hall of Fame.

Mr. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Carolina and a master of arts in education from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Marketing Management Executive Education Program, as well as the Executive Management and Leadership Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, Edwards is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute, an academic alliance between the business schools and athletic departments of the Universities of Southern California, Notre Dame, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Texas-Austin, Michigan and Georgia. For more about Mason athletics, go here.

Carol Dillon Kissal, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

Carol Dillon Kissal serves as the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance for George Mason University. Prior to George Mason, Mrs. Kissal served as the Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Emory University. In her role, she led the financial operations of a $5.5 billion enterprise. The portfolio included responsibility for financial and accounting operations; treasury and debt portfolios; capital and corporate finance which include acquisitions, financial reporting; grant and research sponsored programs; procurement and contracts management.

A proponent for innovation and insights, Mrs. Kissal created a Systems and Data Analytics discipline within the Finance Division in an effort to standardize data-driven decision-making and accountability across the University. Additionally, growth in the allocation of investment for strategic plan initiatives grew over the last three years due primarily to financial structures developed which have created optimization in liquidity and debt portfolio management.

Prior to joining Emory in September 2014, Mrs. Kissal served as Deputy General Manager of Administration and Chief Financial Officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for eight years. She was responsible for developing, managing and implementing a financial operating and capital plan totaling $2.6 billion annually.

Mrs. Kissal’s experience prior to WMATA includes leadership roles with the DC Department of Transportation, Amtrak and IBM. She received a nomination by President George W. Bush to be the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pace University. Mrs. Kissal currently serves as a Board Director for Dining for Women in Greenville, SC. She is also a board member for The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and a Strategic Advisor for the Junior Achievement Board in Atlanta, GA. She is married and has one daughter studying civil engineering at Clemson University.

Paul Liberty, Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Paul Liberty was appointed Vice President for Government and Community Relations in 2012, reporting directly to the President of George Mason University. He oversees a team working with federal, state and local governments as well as business and civic communities. He leads several major university-wide initiatives and is a member of the university's Executive Council and President's Council. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Liberty served as Interim Vice President for University Relations, responsible for managing community relations, creative services, events management, media and public relations, University information and web communications.

Before joining Mason, Mr. Liberty was an executive for two publicly traded companies and a merger and acquisition advisory firm overseeing internal and external communications, corporate affairs, investor relations, legislative affairs, marketing and public relations. In addition to his corporate activities, Mr. Liberty has worked in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government at the federal, state and local levels.  During his time in public service he worked on Capitol Hill, served in the White House and was chief of staff for a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He also has managed policy and legislative functions for a large business trade association.

Mr. Liberty is a native to Northern Virginia and is active in a number of business, civic, and charitable organizations and was recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors with its annual award for outstanding volunteer services.

Mr. Liberty received his BA in English from George Mason University.

For more about the Office of Government and Community Relations, go here.

Michelle Marks, Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

Dr. Michelle Marks is the Vice President for Academic Innovation & New Ventures at George Mason University. In this capacity, she is responsible for identifying, launching and sustaining educational initiatives that fulfill George Mason’s strategic plan and generate financial resources to support students, faculty and the educational mission. Charged with creating accessible student pathways and bringing learning science innovations to campus, Dr. Marks is leading university initiatives designed to deliver online programming at scale, create pathway programming for international students and support adult degree completion through the establishment of strategic partnerships with businesses, government and education institutions. At Mason, Dr. Marks has been a champion for increasing higher education access and completion rates for Virginia’s students and is currently leading a joint initiative with Northern Virginia Community College that will launch a new student transfer model for community college students interested in pursuing a four-year degree. Dr. Marks oversees Mason Learning Solutions, the Office of Digital Learning, Academic Initiatives and Services and the Academic Ventures project management group.

Dr. Marks previously served as George Mason’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost for Graduate Education. As a Professor of Management in Mason’s School of Business, Dr. Marks has spent her career researching organizational leadership development and teamwork. She has published studies illustrating the dynamic nature of the collaborative processes used by organizational teams and the critical roles of team leaders. In 2006, Dr. Marks was honored with the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award and was the recipient of the Executive MBA Professor of the Year award in 2008 and 2011.

Rene Stewart O'Neal, Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning & Budgeting

Rene Stewart O’Neal joined the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration’s leadership team at George Mason University as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Budgeting and Planning in August 2019.  She is excited about the opportunity to promote a transparent, accountable and responsive financial management culture with evidence-based planning as a foundation for investment. 

Before coming to Mason, Rene was the Vice Provost for Budget and Finance at the George Washington University since 2013, where she had responsibility for developing multi-year financial goals and budgetary strategies for the academic operations of the university, including all ten schools, ensuring alignment of academic financial goals with the financial goals and mission of the University. Rene served as a strategic partner in guiding the allocation of resources to support academic priorities and the university’s strategic plan.  

Prior to joining GW, she was the Director of Planning and Assistant Director of the Office of Planning & Budgets at Michigan State University for ten years.   A career higher education finance professional, she has held senior administrative positions in finance, budgeting, treasury, academic planning and operations at Wellesley College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Michigan State University.  Her particular areas of expertise are higher education finance and analysis, budgeting and strategic planning, strategy and change management, institutional effectiveness and inclusive excellence.  She holds AB and Master of Public Policy degrees from Harvard University.

Professional organizations and affiliations include the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO); Society for College and University Planning (SCUP); People to People Ambassador Program; Phi Kappa Phi (Academic National Honor Society).  Rene was a 2009-10 American Council on Education fellow at New York University with a fellowship focus on strategic global engagement for universities and sustainable financial models for higher education. 

Rene resides in Alexandria, VA, with her husband and teenage son.

Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life

Rose Pascarell is Vice President for University Life at George Mason. She has held several leadership positions in the University as Associate Vice President for University Life, Associate Dean for Campus Life and Associate Director of the Women's Studies Research and Resource Center. Ms. Pascarell's leadership work in University Life has focused on increasing student engagement and academic success, and the building of just communities.

Ms. Pascarell has worked on campus climate and multicultural/diversity issues for the last fifteen years. Her teaching and workshops focus on race, class, gender, sexuality, and the formation of just community through the examination of difference.

Ms. Pascarell earned a BA in Sociology, Criminology, and Conflict Analysis at the State University of New York at Albany. Her MA in Sociology is from George Mason University.

For more about University Life, go here.​

Michael Sandler, Interim Vice President for Communications and Marketing

Michael Sandler is the interim Vice President for Communications and Marketing. He leads a department that builds awareness and support for the university internally and externally, develops and protects the brand, and tells the Mason story. He joined Mason in 2014 and has led the central communications team since then, first as Director of Strategic Communications and as Associate Vice President for Communications.

Sandler came to Mason after a 20-year career in journalism, most recently as the deputy economy editor in the Associated Press’s Washington Bureau where he managed a team covering the U.S. financial crisis and recovery. Prior to that he was a reporter and editor on Capitol Hill for Congressional Quarterly and The Hill. His reporting included coverage of the Bush administration’s attempts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the Senate confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, and the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.

Sandler spent five years working as a state and local government reporter for Florida’s largest newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times). His reporting included coverage of the 2000 election and recount, travel to New York on Sept. 11, 2001 to report from Ground Zero, and leading coverage of four major hurricanes in 2004.

Sandler started his journalism career as a sports writer at The Washington Post and spent two years in Bolivia as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University and his master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Dietra Trent, Interim Chief of Staff

Dietra Y. Trent, Ph.D. is a strong advocate and true champion of public education. She has over twenty-years of experience working hard to advance equity for Virginia’s most disadvantaged populations.  On August 25, 2019, she joined the Mason family as Chief of Staff to Interim President Anne Holton.  Previously, she served as Sr. Director for Equity Research and Training within the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  In this capacity, she led an effort to support state and local governments, nonprofits, and interested citizens in advancing equity and inclusion through an integrated approach including policy evaluation, targeted training, and research.  In July 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Dr. Trent as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Secretary of Education, a position she also held during the administration of then-Governor Tim Kaine.  She joined Governor McAuliffe’s administration in January 2014.  

As Secretary of Education, Dr. Trent’s primary responsibility was to promote the Governor’s agenda to eradicate the Achievement Gap, promote great teaching and learning, and strengthen educational pathways to the new Virginia Economy.  In this capacity, Dr. Trent provided guidance and oversight to three coordinating agencies, including the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Community College System, and the State Council of Higher Education, as well as Virginia’s 16 public colleges and universities, 23 community colleges, and five higher education and research centers.

Prior to joining the McAuliffe administration, Dr. Trent served as Deputy State Director for Senator Mark Warner.  Having served in former Governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner’s offices, as well as the Office of Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, she has a wealth of federal, state, and higher education experience. 

During her time in Governor Warner’s office, Dr. Trent’s proudest moment was establishing and obtaining state funding for the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI), housed at Virginia Commonwealth University.  MPLI is a six-week intensive program designed to promote leadership for aspiring individuals interested in running for elected office or assuming leadership roles in minority communities. She currently serves on the MPLI advisory board and as Interim Director of International Education and Special Assistant to the Provost at Radford University.

Dr. Trent’s career in higher education began over twenty-years ago when she served as Director of Federal Relations for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  Representing a comprehensive, urban, research university, she spent much of her time in Washington, DC, advocating on behalf of VCU’s medical school and hospital.  It was at VCU when she realized she would pursue a career in higher education.

Now, two decades later, Dr. Trent’s philosophy about leadership is: “power does not lie in one’s title or position, rather power lies in one’s posture.  And it is only in assuming a posture to serve others that enables us to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”    

A native of Halifax County, Virginia, Dr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Hampton University and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Administration and Policy from VCU.

Julian R. Williams, Vice President, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics

Julian R. Williams was appointed the Vice President for Compliance, Diversity and Ethics for George Mason University in June 2015. In this role he provides leadership to the University’s Compliance, Diversity and Ethics division, which includes the Title IX and ADA coordinator(s), University Ombudsman and Assistive Technology Initiative. Julian serves as the university's executive-level compliance, diversity and ethics strategist and champion. He also advises University leadership on compliance policies and procedures. Julian leads the University's efforts to ensure a diverse student body and workforce.

Previously, he served as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Officer at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie NY. In that role he was the primary liaison to the President, Board of Trustees, government officials and others in the campus community on incidences of sexual misconduct and claims of discrimination or harassment. Julian has also served as the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

Julian has worked as a civil trial attorney in the state of Michigan on cases involving discrimination, harassment and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Julian also serves as union-side legal counsel in disputes between Michigan public school employees and public school districts.

He serves on the executive board for the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity, a national non-profit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity and diversity dedicated to the promotion of policies designed to fulfill the nation’s promise of equal opportunity for all individuals. Julian is also a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).

Julian earned a BA in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law.

For more about the Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, go here.

S. David Wu, Provost and Executive Vice President

S. David Wu is Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University. Since his appointment in 2014, Provost Wu has launched important initiatives at Mason, including the establishment of the Science and Technology campus in Prince William County, the creation of campus-wide multidisciplinary initiatives, and the formation of comprehensive partnerships with Inova health system and UVA. Despite the climate of declining state support, he was able to build a world-class senior leadership team, streamlined academic administration, implemented a market-responsive budgetary system, while managing organizational changes and positioning the university for top quality research and education. In 2016, Mason entered the rank of Carnegie tier-one research universities.

Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Wu was dean of the Rossin College of Engineering and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University. Serving the deanship for over a decade, Dr. Wu led a period of unprecedented expansion and renewal for the college, recruited over 40% of the faculty, created over 12 new interdisciplinary programs, and built substantial academic and research space. At the conclusion of his tenure as Dean, engineering alumni established the S. David Wu Endowed Scholarship in honor of his accomplishments.

Provost Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research. As a fellow of IIE, he published extensively and served as editor or editorial board member on several leading journals in his field. He currently serves on the board of overseers for Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, and the advisory boards for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the National Taiwan University. In 2015, he was recognized with the prestigious Tien Educational Leadership Award.

Provost Wu was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and HKUST. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987.

* Also includes Anne Holton, Interim President.

President's Council **

Ali Andalibi, Interim Dean, College of Science

Dr. Ali Andalibi joined George Mason University as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science and a member of the faculty of the Department of Biology.

As an academic scientist, the focus of Dr. Andalibi’s research has been on the elucidation of the role of the inflammatory process in the etiology of diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, otitis media, and neurofibromatosis. Moreover, he has been the recipient of multiple federally funded grants. In addition, Dr. Andalibi has been intimately involved in expanding STEM entrepreneurship and is the Principal Investigator of Mason’s NSF I-Corps Site grant.

Dr. Andalibi received his PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA and later joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine in UCLA. He was subsequently involved in several early stage biotechnology companies and then joined the House Ear Institute (HEI), with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Dr. Andalibi then joined the National Science Foundation’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships as a Program Director (IPA), where he oversaw the NSF’s medical biotechnology SBIR/STTR grant portfolio. Following completion of his IPA term at the NSF, he moved to the National Cancer Institute, where he served as the head of the Therapeutics and Diagnostics Section in the NCI’s SBIR Development Center.

While at the NIH, Dr. Andalibi was a recipient of the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award for his work on the Small Business Innovation Research-Technology-Transfer Funding Mechanism program. Prior to joining George Mason, Dr. Andalibi served as the Associate Vice President for Research Development and Technology Commercialization at the University of Connecticut.

Ann Ardis, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ann Ardis earned her PhD from the University of Virginia (1988) and is known internationally for her scholarship on turn-of-the-century British literature and culture and modernist studies. She is also known for her work on the transformations of print media and the Anglo-American periodical press at the turn of the twentieth century. She is the author of New Women, New Novels:  Feminism and Early Modernism (Rutgers UP, 1990) and Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922 (Cambridge UP, 2002) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is co-editor of three edited collections: Virginia Woolf Turning the Centuries (Pace, 2000), Women’s Experience of Modernity (Johns Hopkins UP, 2002), and Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1880-1940 (Palgrave, 2008). She recently completed a term of service as co-editor of Modernism/modernity, the official journal of the Modernist Studies Association (Johns Hopkins UP). Ardis comes to Mason from the University of Delaware, where she served as senior vice provost for graduate and professional education. Prior to that role, she was the deputy dean of Delaware’s College of Arts & Sciences and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, which supports collaborative multidisciplinary research, teaching, and creative activity anchored in the humanities.

Laurence Bray, Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Laurence joined the Office of the Provost as the Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education in July 2019. Prior to her new role, she has overseen a wide range of departmental, school and university-wide educational and research activities as a faculty member and administrator in the Department of Bioengineering. Some recent activities have involved developing new innovative programs, creating student professional development support, leading program assessment and accreditation, and receiving internal and external funding for a variety of projects. 

Laurence is a mentor, a teacher, and a researcher with significant administrative experience. As the 2017 Mentorship Excellence Award winner and the 2018 Teacher of Distinction Recognition recipient, Laurence has been dedicated to student success inside and outside the classroom. In addition, she has received the 2017 Innovative Spirit Award demonstrating her work around innovation and new initiatives. Laurence has also published widely and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to the basic fundamentals of neuroscience using experimental, computational and behavioral approaches. 

Prior to joining Mason, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Brain Laboratory at the University of Nevada, where she earned her PhD in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. She graduated with her MS and BS degrees in Bioengineering and Biological Sciences, respectively from Clemson University.

Kenneth Ball, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

Kenneth Ball became dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012. Under his leadership, the school established a new Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2013, and he has overseen rapid growth in the school’s enrollment and the launch of new degree programs such as the MS in Data Analytics Engineering and the BS Cybersecurity Engineering.

Before coming to Mason, Dr. Ball served as L.S. Randolph Professor and led the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He served for 15 years on the mechanical engineering faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering. He has earned degrees in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and Drexel University and was a post-doctoral research associate in applied mathematics at Brown University.

Dr. Ball is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He has chaired international conferences, is a past associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and has served on several other engineering journal editorial boards. He has obtained externally sponsored funding (excluding high-performance computing grants) in excess of $20 million for projects and program development in mechanical engineering, including the thermal/fluid sciences and nuclear engineering. The estimated commercial value of his supercomputer grants is in excess of $10 million.

He is active in engineering program assessment and accreditation activities, both in the United States and internationally, particularly in the Middle East. He is an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology program evaluator and has participated in numerous conferences and workshops related to engineering education and program accreditation.

Dr. Ball is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and was elected to the leadership track of the Executive Committee of the Department Heads Forum, serving as Secretary and Vice-Chair elect. 

David Burge, Vice President, Enrollment Management

David Burge has served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at George Mason University since July 2015. 

Before coming to Mason, he served as Executive Director of Admission Services at Arizona State University and oversaw the execution of new student enrollment strategy for undergraduate and graduate, domestic and international students.

Other professional experience includes the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding senior leadership roles within each institution’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

He is currently the immediate past-president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC,) a professional organization of more than 15,000 school counselors and college admission professionals. Prior to serving in the NACAC Presidential Cycle, Mr. Burge served as President of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling, an affiliate of the national organization.

He has recently served on a number of panels/sessions focusing on the role and impact of public higher education – the Social Mobility Symposium, TargetX User Conference, and as the welcome speaker at the annual meeting for NACAC.

A native Kansan, his academic background includes two degrees from the University of Kansas: an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership.

Zofia Burr, Dean, Honors College

Zofia Burr is the founding dean of Mason’s Honors College, established July 2009. Programs within the Honors College include the University Scholars’ Program, the Office of Postgraduate Fellowships & Scholarships, the Honors Program in General Education, and the Honors College Living Learning Community. Dr. Burr has been a member of Mason’s English faculty since 1992.

Under Dr. Burr’s leadership, the Honors College has tripled in size, while seeing a rise in the academic profile of the entering class.

Her main areas of research and teaching interest are modern American poetry, research methods, disability studies, and pedagogy. She was among the winners of Mason’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2004.

She is the author of Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in the Poetry of Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou, and editor of Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, Dialogues, by A. R. Ammons. Dr. Burr’s writing has appeared in a number of collaborative installations that were shown and performed in various venues, including Mobius Gallery in Boston, Artemisia in Chicago, and Soho 20 New York. She is currently at work on a non-fiction project based on the experience of caring for her mother after a brain injury, and for her father with dementia.

Before Dr. Burr pursued graduate work in literature and creative writing, she taught emotionally disturbed children. She is currently the faculty sponsor for Mason’s chapter of Active Minds, a national organization focused on de-stigmatizing mental health issues on campus. She received her MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Henry Butler, Dean, Antonin Scalia Law School

Henry N. Butler is dean and professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Prior to his appointment as dean, Dr. Butler was a Mason Foundation Professor of Law and executive director of the Mason Law & Economics Center.

For more than 25 years, he has led judicial education programs that teach judges the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, and scientific methods and in the process educated over 3,000 sitting federal and state judges.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Butler served as the first executive director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law. He has held appointments at The Brookings Institution, Chapman University, the University of Kansas, the University of Chicago, and Texas A&M University. From 1986 to 1993, he was a law professor at Mason; during that period, also served as an associate dean and director of the Law & Economics Center.

Dr. Butler received his BA from the University of Richmond, his MA and PhD in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (where James M. Buchanan, George Mason’s first Nobel Laureate in Economics, served on his dissertation committee), and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law (where he was a John M. Olin Fellow at the Law & Economics Center; the Center moved to Mason in 1986).

Rick Davis, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, since May 2015, joined Mason in 1991 as artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) and a member of the theater faculty. The company, which presented its final programs in 2012, was nominated for 38 Helen Hayes Awards, winning 12, and originated numerous works that went on to other regional theaters, television, radio and publication.

From 2007-2011, Dr. Davis served as Mason's associate provost for Undergraduate Education, working primarily on issues of general and liberal education, international programs and student academic life. He has served as executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center since August 2011.

Prior to coming to Mason, Rick was Resident Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage (1986-91), Associate Director and co-founder of the American Ibsen Theater in Pittsburgh (1983-85) and taught drama at Washington College.

Rick has directed a broad range of professional theater and opera productions (more than forty to date) in venues from upstate New York to Boise, Idaho and many places in between, including Baltimore Center Stage, the Kennedy Center, the IN Series and more.  He also has worked as dramaturg on more than thirty professional productions, and has directed dozens of plays, musicals, and operas for college and university programs, including the Mason Players.

He was a winner of the George Mason Teaching Excellence Award (1997) and an Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year (2006). His four books include translations and studies of Calderón de la Barca and, with Brian Johnston, Henrik Ibsen; and a college textbook on writing about theater (with Christopher Thaiss).

Rick was educated at Lawrence University (BA) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, DFA). He teaches courses in directing, dramatic literature, theater history, and arts management.

For more on the College of Visual and Performing Arts go here.

Shannon N. Davis, Chair, Faculty Senate

Shannon N. Davis is Professor of Sociology, Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology, and Chair of the Faculty Senate. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina - Asheville and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University. She was a post-doctoral scholar at the Carolina Population Center (at UNC Chapel Hill) prior to coming to Mason in 2006.

Dr. Davis’s research focuses on the mechanisms that reproduce and potentially undermine inequality. One vein of her work focuses on the negotiation of family life, examining how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives and how gender inequality is reproduced in families.  Her research on whether married couples’ responses to the recent economic recession could lead to greater gender equality was funded by the American Sociological Association. A second focus of her research is on the construction and maintenance of beliefs about gender, or gender ideologies. Dr. Davis studies how gender ideologies inform decisions about education, work, and relationships in the United States. In a third line of inquiry, Dr. Davis has examined the processes through which inequality is reproduced or undermined in higher education with an eye toward understanding the role that undergraduate research can play in changing the future of the professoriate.

Dr. Davis has authored over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, is the co-editor of the book Gender in the Twenty-First Century: The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality, and co-author of two additional books, Methods of Research on Human Development and Families and Why Who Cleans Counts: What Housework Reveals about Power Dynamics in American Family Life.

Dr. Davis is an award-winning teacher and mentor. She received the Teaching Excellence Award from Mason in 2013, the Outstanding Mentor Award from OSCAR (for her work with undergraduate researchers) in 2012 and was an inaugural winner of the Sustaining Mentor Award in 2019.  She also received the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2018.

Dr. Davis has served on George Mason University’s Faculty Senate since 2016. She became a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in 2017 and was elected as Chair of the Faculty Senate for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Deb Dickenson, Vice President for Finance

Deb Dickenson is the Vice President for Finance, joining George Mason University in August 2019.  The VP for Finance is a key member of George Mason University’s financial leadership team, reporting to the SVP, Administration and Finance, and holds responsibility for providing university-wide leadership and broad strategic oversight of financial accounting and compliance. Ms. Dickenson will assist the university's academic leadership, administrative management and board members in the efficient and effective monitoring, management, and control of the financial resources of the university, supporting innovation and strategic initiatives.

Prior to George Mason, Ms. Dickenson served for two years as Assistant Dean and Principal Business Officer for finance, planning and fiscal operations for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In that role she was responsible for planning, organizing, executing, evaluation and monitoring the school’s financial functions and five-year strategic planning to ensure that academic and fiscal needs were met.  Ms. Dickenson’s prior experience in administrative and financial management leadership positions include several years at GW as AVP for Financial Management and serving as the GW Comptroller, where she directed all financial reporting, accounting, and financial operations for the university. Her background includes financial leadership positions at two large non-profit organizations, Marriott International, Inc., Price Waterhouse, LLP, and Arthur Andersen & Co.

Ms. Dickenson earned her MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and her BBA in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She received her CPA from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where she was granted a chartered global management accountant designation.

Edward Dittmeier, University Auditor

Edward Dittmeier is the University’s Auditor.  Reporting functionally to the Audit Committee of the Board of Visitors and administratively to the President, he leads the University’s internal audit function which is charged with evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the university’s governance, risk management, control, and compliance processes. 

Ed has over thirty years of executive internal audit experience in the financial services industry.  Prior to joining Mason in 2015, he was senior vice president and associate general auditor for BB&T Corporation for three years where he developed, enhanced, and implemented internal audit processes to align with Federal Reserve Board large bank supervisory expectations.  Prior to that, he served in multiple senior-level internal audit roles for American Express Company providing assurance related to the credit card, travel related services, and international banking businesses as well as corporate activities.  In these roles, he drove improvements in corporate governance processes related to Audit Committee oversight, focused executive attention on worldwide systemic process issues, and served as the chief audit executive for a $2 billion Canadian subsidiary bank.  Mr. Dittmeier earned bachelor's degrees in business administration (accounting) and statistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

William "Bill" M. Dracos, Associate Vice President, Business Services

William (Bill) M. Dracos the Associate Vice President for Business Services.  Bill spearheads the university’s business services and auxiliary functions, including development of business and marketing plans, and establishment of performance goals and metrics for the successful operation of Auxiliary Enterprises.  Bill further plays a key role as an internal consultant and driver in strategic projects across the university.   He leads management consulting-style project teams to solve complex operational and business problems, conduct strategic business planning, improve processes and efficiencies in institution operations, and help ensure cost-effective resource utilization of university-wide administrative functions.

Prior to arriving at Mason, Bill served as Chief Business Practice Improvement Officer and AVP for Administration at Emory University.  He founded Emory’s Consulting and Business Practice Improvement (BPI) division, specializing in management consulting, planning, and analytical solutions to complex and ambiguous business challenges.  Bill also oversaw Emory’s Business Services division, operating multiple effective service models, as well as launching new multimillion-dollar entrepreneurial businesses.  Prior to joining Emory, Bill worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) Higher Education and Health Sciences consulting practice, serving universities, research institutes, associations, and health systems.  He led multifaceted projects involving strategic business and financial planning, operational improvement, portfolio management, new venture creation, and applied analytics for higher education, research, and healthcare organizations.

Mr. Dracos holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Duke University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  He is a published author, as well as a conference and university lecturer.  Bill is married, with a teenaged son.

Gesele Durham, Associate Provost, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Dr. Gesele Durham joined George Mason University in 2019 as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.  By deploying her research, statistical, and strategic planning skills, Gesele’s work focuses on the production and use of analytics, providing meaningful assessment and planning, and enabling data-informed decision-making that advances Mason’s strategic goals.

Prior to joining Mason, Gesele was the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  While there, she created the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, initiated campus-wide discussions regarding data governance and resource development, implemented innovative campus tools aimed at strategic initiatives such as persistence and completion, access to strategic data for planning, and assessment of student learning and program outcomes. 

A frequent contributor to national conversations on the advancement of analytics and strategic planning, she currently serves as the secretary on the executive board for the APLU’s Commission on Measurement, Information and Analysis.  In the past she also served on the APLU’s board for the Voluntary System of Accountability, Product Advisory Councils for the EAB for both the Navigate/Student Success Collaborative as well as the Academic Performance Solutions tools, and as a member of the Peer Review Corp and mentor for the Persistence and Completion Academy for the Higher Learning Commission. 

With a doctoral degree in Political Science from Binghamton University, she began her academic career at the University of Minnesota Morris as faculty before relocating to Wisconsin.  After serving as the assistant director for the multi-disciplinary International Studies program at UW-Madison, she transitioned to the newly created role of enrollment data manager within the UW-Madison Graduate School.  She also served one year with the General Accounting Office in Washington. D.C. evaluating international environmental agreements.  Originally from central Illinois, she attended Illinois State University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in Political Science.  

Kimberly K. Eby, Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs and Development

Kimberly Eby joined the Mason faculty in 1996. An associate professor in the School of Integrative Studies, she is also affiliated with Women and Gender Studies and the department of psychology. In 2002, she was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. Her scholarly and professional interests include issues surrounding violence and gender, leadership, organizational development and change, and collaboration and community building across a variety of contexts. She was a consultant for the National Learning Communities Project and continues to present at national meetings and consult with individual institutions on topics such as leading institutional change; learning space design; interdisciplinary collaboration; working with student and faculty diversity; and other issues related to faculty, teaching, learning, and leadership.

Kim served for nine years as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) and Associate Provost for Faculty Development, providing programming, consultations, and professional development support to Mason faculty and graduate students, with an emphasis on teaching and learning. She has collaborated with campus leaders on multiple institution-wide curricular, strategic, and leadership initiatives, including Mason’s award-winning Students as Scholars program, the Leadership Legacy Program, various diversity and inclusion efforts, and the Learning Environments Group (LEG).

Currently she serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development. In this role she is responsible for all matters pertaining to Mason faculty’s professional well-being and development, including assisting with faculty career development, recognizing faculty excellence, cultivating academic leadership, and implementing policies and practices that support faculty at Mason.

Kim earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Cody W. Edwards, Associate Provost for a Sustainable Earth

Cody Edwards is the Associate Provost for a Sustainable Earth at George Mason University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Edwards served as the Associate Provost for Graduate Education, and previously as founding director of the College of Science’s STEM Accelerator Program. Dr. Edwards is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Prior to coming to Mason, he was an Assistant Professor and Curator of Mammals at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Since arriving at George Mason University in the fall of 2004, Dr. Edwards has taught 8 different undergraduate and graduate courses and has served on numerous departmental, college, and university committees including the Student Value and Affordability Visioning Group. He also served on the Faculty Senate (2011-13). Outside of Mason, he has served on 7 international/national professional society committees and served as the Associate Editor for The Southwestern Naturalist, a nationally distributed journal published by the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN). In addition, Dr. Edwards has served as advisor or committee member for 32 graduate (Ph.D. and M.S.) and 13 undergraduate students.

Dr. Edwards’ research philosophy encompasses the full multiplicity of conservation and evolutionary biology. For example, his research activities have ranged from impacts of military training on small and medium sized mammal communities, the ecological and conservation impacts of introduced rodents on endemic Galápagos Islands rodents, to population and conservation genetics of leaf litter frogs (Costa Rica and Panama), swans (Alaska and Virginia), rodents (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, United States), black rhinoceros (South Africa; collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Freeman, New Century College), and black howler monkeys (Belize; collaboration with Dr. Sylvia Vitazkova, New Century College). Recent research efforts have focused on development and assessment of innovative pedagogical strategies. His research program provides high school, undergraduate, and graduate students the opportunity to gain knowledge and engage in research in a multidisciplinary environment that fosters independent thought and encourages the formation of their own research projects and/or the progression of an existing one. His scholarly contributions are illustrated by numerous publications, conference and invited presentations, and research funding in excess of $1.6 million dollars.

Dr. Edwards received a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Angelo State University and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Texas Tech University. He is committed to student success, training, and excellence, and in educating the next generation of global citizens/leaders.

Mark Ginsberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

Mark Ginsberg joined George Mason University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 35-year period as a professor, psychologist and skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development and human services. In addition, he has lectured and presented at over 200 conferences, seminars and other educational meetings and professional development events, both within the United States and internationally.

Dr. Ginsberg served as the executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from January 1999 until June 2010. Prior to joining NAEYC, Dr. Ginsberg was chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty of both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ginsberg held the position of executive director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Washington DC, from 1986-93. From 1981-86 he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association, after having been a faculty member at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Ginsberg serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the respected international organization, Parents as Teachers. He is a Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He also is a past-president of the International Step by Step Association, a nongovernmental organization of thirty education-focused NGOs in Europe and Central Asia, and the Society of Psychologists in Management.

 

Dr. Ginsberg is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the American Counseling Association, American Educational Research Association and American Society of Association Executives, of which he was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors.

Dr. Ginsberg completed his master's degree in 1978 and his doctoral degree in 1981 at The Pennsylvania State University, after being awarded a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. He also completed a fellowship in clinical psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York.

He is married to Elaine A. Anderson, chair of the Department of Family Science at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. They have two grown children, Andrew and Robert.

For more on College of Education and Human Development, go here.

Steven E. Goldin, Director of Strategic Real Estate Initiatives

Steven E. Goldin is Director of Strategic Real Estate Initiatives at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

He previously served as President of InterCap Holdings, based in Princeton, NJ where he led the development of mixed-use Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) with a build-out value of $850 million.

Goldin is the former Director of Real Estate for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he led all joint real estate development partnerships in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 

As a Project Executive with K. Hovnanian Enterprises, Goldin had P&L responsibility for development of over $100 million in assets and was a key player in developing 850 residential units in Newark, NJ.

While serving as Director of Planning and Development for Woodbridge, New Jersey (pop. 102,000), Goldin was responsible for the development of a new Municipal Complex, Main Street Redevelopment and RiverWalk Promenade, all completed ahead of schedule and on budget.  As President of the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation, Goldin spearheaded the redevelopment of 800 acres of contaminated waterfront property.

Goldin holds a BA from Harvard, an MBA from Columbia and has lectured at Harvard Business School, NYU, Georgetown and Rutgers University. 

Renate Guilford, Associate Provost of Academic Administration

Renate Guilford is Associate Provost of Academic Administration at George Mason University. She plays a major role in the overall performance of the Office of the Provost, leading the financial and personnel management support structure for academic and administrative units. She has extensive expertise in all aspects of the academic operation and drives critical analysis and planning for several of the university’s strategic initiatives.

A 27-year veteran of Mason, Ms. Guilford has extensive experience leading organizational change, planning for growth, personnel management and resource allocation. Her most recent work focuses on supporting the development of new academic programs, restructuring of administrative functions within key enrollment services operations, creating international branch campuses and building international partnerships. Ms. Guilford leads and supports new academic enterprises, research administration, and multiple other efforts within and across Mason’s schools and colleges and central support units

Ms. Guilford earned two degrees from George Mason University: an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

William Hazel, Jr., Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives and Policy

William A. Hazel Jr., MD, serves as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives and Policy at George Mason University. Previously, he practiced orthopedic surgery in Northern Virginia until becoming Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2010. He completed his second term in January of 2018, after serving under one Republican and one Democratic Governor. In that role, he oversaw 11 state agencies, including such diverse programs as Medicaid, Behavioral Health, Social Services, and Aging and Rehabilitation. These agencies accounted for approximately one-third of the state budget. 

Among his current activities, Dr. Hazel serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Stewards of Change Institute. He became committed in SOCI’s work as a result of his extensive work on data-sharing initiatives in an effort to better inform policy and budget decisions. The opioid epidemic and early childhood development are two areas of special focus for him. 

During his first term as Secretary, Dr. Hazel led the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and helped establish the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. He continues to serve as the Founding Chair of ConnectVirginia, the state’s health information exchange. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Hazel negotiated an agreement with the Department of Justice to improve community services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

In his second term as Secretary, Dr. Hazel devoted considerable attention to developing alignment and coordination between agencies and secretariats. He co-chaired the first Children’s Cabinet in Virginia and co-chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. He advocated for strengthening the state’s behavioral health system and for increased access to care for low-income Virginians. 

Dr. Hazel has served as a Trustee of the American Medical Association, Speaker and President of the Medical Society of Virginia, President of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Staff, and Chair of the Medical Affairs council of the INOVA Health System. As a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, he gained extensive experience working in the health care system while helping to lead a large group practice. His experience includes working as a team physician for the Chantilly High School Chargers, as an Assistant Orthopedic for the Washington Redskins football team, and as team physician for DC United. 

Dr. Hazel grew up in Fauquier County on the family farm. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, his Medical Degree from Duke University School of Medicine, and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic before returning home to Virginia in 1988. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Oakton, Va. They have two grown children and three very cute grandchildren. 

Germaine Louis, Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Germaine M. Buck Louis is the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Previously, she was a Senior Investigator and Director of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health. Dr. Louis’ research interests primarily focus on the interplay between environmental chemicals and lifestyle on human reproduction and children’s health.  She has held several leadership roles for professional organizations, including as President of the Society of Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiologic Research and Society for Epidemiologic Research, and also on numerous advisory committees for The National Academies, Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization.  Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Buck Louis was a tenured professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  She has published numerous papers and co-edited the textbook entitled Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology.

For more on the College of Heath and Human Services, go here.

Sean Mallon, Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sean Mallon was appointed Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in April 2016. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the Mason's strategic vision as an economic and innovation engine for the National Capital region. Mr. Mallon oversees the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), the Office of Technology Transfer and the George Mason Research Foundation. He also works collaboratively with academic leadership and faculty to ensure an innovative, scalable approach to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration for the development and delivery of entrepreneurial thinking and learning across the entire university.

Prior to joining Mason, Mr. Mallon served as Senior Investment Director for the CIT GAP Funds, a seed- and early stage technology venture fund within the Center for Innovative Technology. In this role, he oversaw a portfolio of over 100 companies, and led new investments in Virginia-based technology companies committed to rapid growth and the development of innovative products and services. Mr. Mallon has over 20 years of investment and start-up experience focused on aggressive growth, transformation and optimization. He has founded two companies, and has worked with several others in senior roles ranging from sales and marketing to product management, supply chain and finance. From 1999 to 2003, Sean was a principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds (MAVF), a $200m early-stage venture capital firm focused on the telecommunications and IT industries. Sean holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Janette Kenner Muir, Associate Provost, Academic Initiatives and Services

Janette Kenner Muir is the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives and Services at George Mason University. Prior to this position, she served for five years as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Currently her primary responsibilities include: overseeing the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Accreditation and Program Integrity, and Robison Professors. She manages external relations with the Northern Virginia Community College system and the State Council for Higher Education, and she serves as the chief academic liaison to Mason Korea.

Dr. Muir’s academic life focuses in the areas of political communication, civic engagement and the study of the presidency (from campaigns to spouses). For the last few presidential elections she has taken a class to New Hampshire to observe, first hand, the primary process in action. Working with University Life, she has helped lead efforts engaging students in political participation on campus. She is an editor of the volume Readings in Political Communication, and was featured in a Harvard International Review symposium, writing about media, politics and citizen participation. She edited a volume honoring the life of Jane Blankenship, a leading rhetorical critic of the 20th century, published in the political communication series of Lexington Books. Her recent work focuses on Hillary Clinton in A Companion to First Ladies, published by Wiley Blackwell.

Committed to teaching excellence, Dr. Muir has been nationally recognized for the quality of her teaching, winning the Donald Eckroyd and Caroline Drummond Eckroyd Distinguished Teaching Award, and the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. She was named a Teaching Fellow for the Eastern Communication Association, and awarded a C-SPAN Fellow for her educational involvement with the cable network. She has been named a Centennial Scholar in the Communication discipline. She is past president of the Eastern Communication Association, and past editor of Communication Quarterly, a top-tier journal in the Communication discipline. Dr. Muir served on Mason’s Faculty Senate for five years in the position of Academic Policies Chair, and she served as an elected faculty representative to the Board of Visitors for four years.

Dr. Muir’s Ph.D. is from the University of Massachusetts in the area of rhetoric and political communication. She also has degrees from Wake Forest University (MA, Communication) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (BS, Double major in Behavioral Science and Communication Arts). Her husband, Star Muir, is an associate professor at Mason in the Communication Department. 

Alpaslan Özerdem, Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolutio

Alpaslan Özerdem is the Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution and professor of peace and conflict studies. Prior to his appointment as Dean in August 2019, Dr Özerdem was Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Coventry University in the UK.

As the co-founder and co-director of the Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, which is the largest peace studies centre in the UK, Dr Özerdem specializes in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. With over 20 year field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey, Dr Özerdem has undertaken numerous research projects that were funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) (faith-based conflict prevention); British Academy (youth and peacebuilding); US Institute of Peace (reintegration of ex-combatants); and various European Union funding schemes (conflict transformation and leadership).

Dr Özerdem has published extensively (14 books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and op-eds) and amongst others, is author of Post-war Recovery: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (2008); co-author of Managing Emergencies and Crises (2011); co-editor of Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration (2011); co-author of Peace in Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation (2013); co-editor of Human Security in Turkey (2013); co-author of Youth in Conflict and Peacebuilding: Mobilization, Reintegration and Reconciliation (2015); co-editor of Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding (2015); co-author of Peacebuilding: An Introduction (2015); co-editor of Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation (2016); co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics (2019), and co-editor of Comparing Peace Processes (2019).

Dr Özerdem has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. He also runs tailor-made and in-country professional training programs for a wide range of audiences from humanitarian aid practitioners to civil servants and policy makers. Dr Özerdem is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for events organized by the private sector, higher education institutions, international organizations and governmental authorities. He is a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation Scientific Committee, and received his Professor Extraordinary in Politics title by Stellenbosch University in 2017 and visiting professorship to the Jiangsu University and Coventry University in 2019.

Pamela L. Patterson, Associate Vice President, University Life

Pam Patterson is Associate Vice President for University Life at George Mason University. Prior to coming to George Mason, Dr. Patterson served in student affairs leadership positions at Montana State University, the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, and the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and is an executive leadership coach certified through the International Coaching Federation with the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Her interests include the science and application of well-being, leader development, and coaching. Dr. Patterson is also licensed and certified by the Institute of HeartMath as a Resilience Advantage Trainer.

At George Mason, she was a member of a team that created and implemented a leadership development curriculum for executive education and a separate program for faculty and staff. Dr. Patterson is a co-founder and co-chair of MasonLeads, the Leadership Legacy Program, and serves as co-director of the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership & Well-Being and co-director of the Strengths Academy. Dr. Patterson received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University and earned her doctorate in higher education from George Mason University.

Maury Peiperl, Dean, School of Business

Maury Peiperl joined Mason as Dean of the School of Business in August 2017.  Previously he was Director (Dean) of Cranfield School of Management, one of the UK’s leading MBA and Executive Development institutions, as well as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. Before Cranfield, Peiperl spent 10 years as Professor of Leadership and Strategic Change at IMD in Switzerland, where he developed and directed numerous executive development courses and held a variety of administrative roles.

From 1992 to 2004, Peiperl was a professor at London Business School, where he co-founded the pioneering EMBA—Global program (joint with Columbia) as well as creating the Managing Change and Global Business Leader courses and the Leadership for Change executive program.

Peiperl has designed and directed executive programs for many clients including Adecco, Carrefour, CEIBS, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, EDS, GlaxoSmithKline, IATA, Nortel Networks, OMV, Otis, Rentokil, Rockwool, Santander, SEB, UPM, among others.

Peiperl’s areas of research interest are top management learning, executive careers, change management, talent strategy and global mobility. He has taught, researched and consulted in these areas in some 32 countries on 6 continents.  He is co-author of the leading textbook on change management, Managing Change (McGraw Hill), as well as two books on careers and work, Career Frontiers and Career Creativity (Oxford) and the central reference in the careers field, The Handbook of Career Studies (Sage). He has also published in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management, Group & Organization Management and the Journal of International Business Studies, among others.  He is the winner of multiple research awards, including an Emerald Literati award in 2017 for the paper “Cosmopolitanism in a Globalized World” (with Orly Levy and Karsten Jonsen).

Peiperl has held visiting or affiliate appointments at MIT, Maryland, Georgetown, HEC Paris, and Templeton College, Oxford. Before becoming a professor he worked for IBM, Merrill Lynch and LEK Consulting and as a research fellow at Harvard Business School.

Outside his teaching and research, Peiperl sits on the boards of several start-ups, as well as the Alumni Council of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He spent 6 years as a trustee of UK anti-trafficking charity HERA, for which he now acts as Ambassador.

Peiperl holds a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA, AM and PhD from Harvard University.  In February of 2017, he was named a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences.

Lauren Clark Reuscher, Chair, Staff Senate

Lauren Reuscher supports the Staff Senate in its mission to provide service to Mason staff through advocacy, education, and appreciation. Her goals are to engage with constituents, cultivate relationships with university administration, and work collaboratively across all campus communities to enhance the work-life experience of Mason staff.

Lauren has been a classified staff member since 2009 and currently works with University Information in the Office of Communications and Marketing. During her time with University Information, she has had the opportunity to work at the Arlington, SciTech, and Fairfax Campuses. Lauren’s primary work responsibilities involve faculty/staff communications. Her first role at Mason was with the College of Education and Human Development from 2009 to 2013. She joined the Staff Senate in 2014.

Lauren is a graduate of James Madison University (B.A., history) and George Mason University (M.A., history). She has completed Mason’s Experienced Supervisor Leadership Series and was selected as Mason’s Employee of the Month in September 2017. 

Carl Rowan, Jr., Chief of Police

Carl Rowan Jr. possesses a unique combination of legal and law enforcement experience that is particularly well suited for sophisticated law enforcement and security policy development and problem solving. He was presented the “2013 Golden Best Award for Safety and Security” by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in Washington, DC, which is comprised of Washington’s major business leaders. He is a subject matter expert on active shooter matters and lectures extensively on that, and other, emergency preparedness issues.

He began his law enforcement career as a Deputy US Marshal in Washington, DC, where he handled diverse matters such as fugitive investigations, witness and judicial protection. He later left the Marshal’s Service to attend the Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated in 1978 with a Juris Doctor degree and gained entry to the DC Bar Association.

He then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent in the metro Washington area where he specialized in violent crime investigations, undercover assignments, and SWAT operations. He later became a supervisor in the FBI Legal Counsel Division at FBI Headquarters and handled a wide range of civil claims against the agency and also provided investigatory legal support to agents in the field.

Upon leaving the FBI, Mr. Rowan entered the private practice of law specializing in administrative, regulatory, and legislative matters, as well as white collar crime counseling and internal investigations. He became a partner in a major national law firm, but also maintained a corporate security consulting firm with a former US Secret Service agent and a former member of the US intelligence service. The company focused on investigations, due diligence inquiries, and protection matters for corporations and government clients.

In 2000, he was named the Vice President for Global Security at a multi-billion dollar software company based in San Mateo, California with 130 offices in 34 counties. He managed a staff of 40, including investigators, an executive protection team, and a contract security element. His security department also worked closely with the Silicon Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, the US Secret Service, and the FBI on cases involving theft of identity, corporate espionage, and Russian organized crime.

He returned to the Washington, DC area in 2002 as a Chief of Police to lead the law enforcement functions of a highly specialized rail and transportation company, created post 9/11, to support security agencies of the federal government on a global basis. The company’s security division was certified as a law enforcement agency by the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Mark Rozell, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government

Mark J. Rozell, the Dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government, is a renowned scholar of American government and politics. He is the author of nine books, and editor of 21 books, and numerous journal articles and contributions to edited compendia on the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections, among other topics. His latest books include The President’s Czars: Undermining Congress and the Constitution. University Press of Kansas, 2012 (with Mitchel A. Sollenberger), Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (3rd edition). Oxford University Press, 2012 (with Michael Franz and Clyde Wilcox), and Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy, and Accountability (3rd edition). University Press of Kansas, 2010. His latest edited books are The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics (5th edition). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014 (with Charles S. Bullock III) and Religion and the American Presidency (2nd edition). Palgrave-MacMillan Press, 2012 (co-edited with Gleaves Whitney). He is the co-editor of the Palgrave-MacMillan Press book series on religion and politics. 
 
Dean Rozell has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. In recent years, he has lectured in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and Vietnam. He writes frequent opinion columns in such publications as The Hill, Roll Call, and Politico. He is often asked to comment on his areas of expertise for the state, national, and international media. 

Prior to joining the Mason faculty in 2004 as professor of public policy, he was Ordinary Professor and chair of the department of politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned both his PhD in American Government and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Virginia and his BA in political science from Eisenhower College.

For more on the Schar School of Policy and Government, go here.

Marilyn T. Smith, Vice President of Information Technology, CIO

Marilyn Smith was named Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of George Mason University in 2013.

As the Chief Information Officer of MIT from 2009-13, Ms. Smith led the central IT department, overseeing a budget of $60 million and a staff of 300. In a highly distributed environment, she developed strong partnerships with faculty, staff, and students, and led the department in its transformation to a customer, results and people focused culture.

From 2006-09 Ms. Smith was President of the Life Companies at The Hanover Insurance Group in Worcester, MA. She directed the sale and transition of The Hanover’s life insurance companies to Goldman Sachs. These complex and successful programs required creativity in retaining customers and in energizing, motivating, developing and retaining employees. Prior to that role, she served as COO of Life Operations, responsible for transaction processing, call centers, and financial and operational reporting for Hanover’s life business, with a budget of $30 million and staff of 350. Ms. Smith started her tenure at The Hanover Insurance Group (formerly Allmerica Financial) in 2000 directing all new information technology development for the corporation as Vice President of Project Delivery.

After graduating from Wellesley College with a major in Astronomy, Ms. Smith spent 25 years at John Hancock in information systems management, including key positions in Retail Insurance and Investment Management. Subsequently, she spent 4 years at Liberty Mutual as Vice President and CIO of Personal Market Information Systems.

Ms. Smith is a Director on the Board of CSP, Inc., a provider of IT solutions, systems integration services, and dense cluster computing systems. She is a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees.

Ms. Smith serves on the Babson College Graduate Advisory Board and the Northeastern College of Professional Studies Advisory Board. She is a member of the Bryant University Technology Leadership Council. She has served as Chair of the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Awards Committee, was Co-Chair of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, and served on the Wellesley College Alumnae Association Board. She is a member of the Boston Club and of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

She received an MBA with highest distinction from Babson College. She is a graduate of the Aspen Seminar on Leadership.

Mark Smith, Executive Director, State Government Relations

Mark Smith joined George Mason University in August of 2013 after having spent nearly two decades leading government relations efforts at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to his experience in academia, Mr. Smith completed an additional decade of service to the Commonwealth, including having served as Assistant Secretary of Education, Executive Assistant for the Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety, Division Administrative Manager in the Attorney General’s Office, and as a staffer for both the Virginia House and Senate Clerks’ Offices which are responsible for the daily operations of the General Assembly.

Mr. Smith is active in the community as well, serving as a member of the advisory committee for the YMCA Model General Assembly, the Virginia YMCA Board of Directors, the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, and as a member of the Review Committee for the Virginia State Employee Emergency Fund. Past service includes having been appointed to the Virginia Board of Conservation and Recreation, and to the National Kidney Foundation and its Virginia affiliate where his work resulted in several awards for distinguished leadership. He was also recognized for leadership and involvement in the Richmond Jaycees.

At Mason, Mr. Smith serves as chief liaison between the University and entities of the Commonwealth, including elected and appointed officials in the executive and legislative branches as well as numerous state agencies that interface with a variety of University offices. In concert with the University’s leadership team, he facilitates the establishment of the University’s state budget and legislative priorities while planning and leading the execution of strategies to advance Mason’s agenda year-round in Richmond.

Mr. Smith graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Administration of Justice and Public Safety and a minor in Political Science. He later earned a Master of Science in Public Administration, also from VCU.

Frank Strike, Vice President, Facilities

Mr. Strike has more than 30 years of experience in project management, contracting, design, facilities operations and management. He has a proven record of achievement serving as a senior executive developing and leading high performing, highly complex organizations.  He has managed the full range of facilities engineering, project management, environmental, transportation, contracting, and public works services to include associated financial, acquisition, and real property management supporting port and airfield operations, research, education and training, administrative, industrial, and community support facilities.

Mr. Strike currently holds the position of Director of Project Management and Construction at George Mason University where he is responsible for developing, managing, and executing a capital and non-capital design and construction program in excess of $100 million.  He also held the position of Director of Facilities Management at George Mason University where he was responsible for energy management, infrastructure and records, facility condition and assessment programs, and for the maintenance of over 8.5 million square feet of buildings. Mr. Strike has been the Vice President for Facilities since January 2018.

Prior to joining Mason Mr. Strike was the Business Director for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Norfolk, VA where he was responsible for 13,000 employees and a business volume exceeding $12 billion annually.  In addition, he served as the Executive Director of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; Business Manager and Utilities Department Head at Navy Public Works Center, Norfolk, and the Deputy Public Works Officer at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown. 

Mr. Strike holds several degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, a Master of Engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

Mr. Strike lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Estrella and they have two daughters.

Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, takes students to graveyards - she is a biological anthropologist who studies cemeteries from both osteological and archaeological perspectives to understand the social structure and health of past communities. She is passionate about getting students to apply their classroom experiences and learn how fun and exciting it is to tackle intellectual challenges.

Bethany directed the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), and served as an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) at Mason from 2010-2016. She chairs the Councilor for Undergraduate Research Program Directors Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and was Co-Chair of the CUR National Meeting in 2014, Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All. Prior to joining Mason in January 2010, she was faculty at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she established the Center for Undergraduate Research and served as its Director. At SUNY Potsdam, she was an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and past chair of the Anthropology Department. She has a long history of collaborating with undergraduate researchers.

Brian Walther, University Counsel
John G. Zenelis, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

Mr. Zenelis has been leading Mason’s libraries for the past eighteen years. From 2001 to June 2013, he also fulfilled responsibilities as Associate Vice President for Information Technology.  Beginning July 2013, he assumed responsibility for the GMU Press.

He joined George Mason University from Temple University where he served in senior administrative roles in the university’s library system.  Earlier, he held progressively higher-level management positions at the Columbia University Libraries.  He began his career in research librarianship at The Research Libraries, The New York Public Library.

Under Mr. Zenelis’s leadership, Mason’s library system has transformed into a significant, dynamic, and innovative organization. Its services and programs closely align with the academic and research programs of the university’s schools and colleges. Having emerged into a research-level library, it is steadily accruing national recognition for Mason with significant advances including:  the completion of the impressive state-of-the-art Fenwick Library addition; the newly-launched Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC); robust growth in collections (especially digital scholarly resources), and noteworthy special collections; Mason Publishing’s enterprise–level service with specialized information and research materials to learners and researchers; implementation of a host of programs and services in the forefront of academic research librarianship; and accomplished library faculty and staff able to anticipate and meet the rapidly evolving needs of Mason’s academic and research programs.

Mr. Zenelis also implemented the Libraries’ development/advancement program with accomplishments that include: securing donor funds, grants, and appraised in-kind gifts; establishment of an external Library Advisory Board; endowments for library collections and programs; a growing number of estate planning commitments; grants-seeking activities resulting in successful funding for a variety of educational- and collections-related projects from foundations and government agencies; and development of the Libraries’ naming opportunities proposal.

He represents Mason in his area of responsibility externally, serving actively or recently in leadership roles, with these organizations:  Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Washington Research Libraries Consortium, Library Advisory Committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the landmark Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) program, and The Center for Research Libraries.

Mr. Zenelis’ educational background includes political science with degrees from Temple University (B.A.) and the Graduate School & University Center, The City University of New York (M.A.), and library and information science (MLS) from the University of Pittsburgh.      

Julie A. Zobel, Assistant Vice President for Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management

Julie Zobel is currently the Assistant Vice President for Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management. She began working in the area of safety and compliance for Mason in 2000 as the University Biological Safety Officer, Chemical Hygiene Officer, and Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. She was quickly promoted through the ranks to Director of Laboratory Safety. In 2007, her role expanded as she worked with university officials to establish the university’s Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS). Ms. Zobel’s role was expanded again in 2015 when she became responsible for the Office of Risk Management (ORM). EHS and ORM functional areas include emergency management, environmental compliance, fire safety, laboratory safety, occupational health, occupational safety, and traditional risk management with regard to insurance and claims management, as well as enterprise risk management.

Dr. Zobel earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Hazardous Materials/Environmental Management and Civil Engineering from the University of Findlay and the University of Akron, respectively. She earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering from the University of Akron. Ms. Zobel went on to earn her Ph.D. in Biodefense from George Mason University where her research addressed the role of naturally occurring Bacillus anthracis in biological incident preparedness and response. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the master’s level, a Registered Biosafety Professional through the American Biological Safety Association, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors society.

Prior to working at Mason, Ms. Zobel was employed as an environmental consultant where she was responsible for modeling contaminant fate and transport, bioremediation projects, and environmental site assessments.

** Also includes members of the Executive Council.

Presidential Appointments

Dominique Banville, Faculty Athletic Representative

Dr. Banville earned her Ph.D. at Université Laval, Canada in 1998 and has been employed at George Mason since 1999. She is the Director of the Division of Health and Human Performance which includes four undergraduate academic programs (Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Recreation, and Health and Physical Education Teaching Licensure Program) and two graduate programs (Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion and Athletic Training). She is also the Academic Program Coordinator for the Health and Physical Education Licensure Program.

Since July 2016, Dr. Banville serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative for George Mason University. In that role she evaluates and ensures the academic integrity of the intercollegiate athletics program, facilitates institutional control of athletics, and works at enhancing the student-athlete experience.

Dr. Banville's research interests focus on the curriculum and instruction of physical education in the schools, and the preparation, induction, and professional development of physical education teachers. She has investigated the impact of a teacher induction program on teacher success and retention in the profession, and is currently looking at the training of cooperating teachers, and the impact of the implementation of an after-school curriculum on low socio-economic kids. She is a member of many professional associations (SHAPE America, AERA, AIESEP, VAHPERD) and a fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD - now SHAPE America).

For more information about the George Mason University Athletic Council, go here.