George Mason University

University Leadership

Success. It 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.

We learn not by convincing others that we are right, but by being open to the possibility that we may not be. Learning is about shaping our beliefs, sharpening our understanding of complex issues, uncovering nuances that escaped us before.

Ángel Cabrera, University President

Ángel Cabrera, University President

University President

Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University, effective July 2012. Prior to joining George Mason University, Dr. Cabrera served as the 11th president of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona from 2004 to 2012, being designated President Emeritus in April 2012. He was professor and dean of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, between 1998 and 2004. Thunderbird is regarded as the world's leading graduate school of international management, and IE Business School has been ranked by the Financial Times among the top 10 business schools in the world. During the last decade, Dr. Cabrera pioneered efforts to educate women entrepreneurs in emerging markets and co-founded The Oath Project, an international initiative to establish a code of conduct for business leaders. In 2011 the Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world.

Mr. Cabrera's expertise in international business and higher education has been recognized by top international organizations. The World Economic Forum named him a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" in 2002 and a "Young Global Leader" in 2005. Two years later, the United Nations asked him to chair the international task force that developed the U.N.'s "Principles for Responsible Management Education." In 2008, the World Economic Forum appointed him chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship, and The Aspen Institute named him a Henry Crown Fellow. In 2010, he was named topic leader for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

A native of Spain, Mr. Cabrera holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica a de Madrid, Spain's premier engineering university. He earned MS and PhD degrees in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. For more news about the president's work, go here.

Executive Council *

S. David Wu, Provost and Executive Vice President

S. David Wu joined George Mason University as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs on July 1, 2014. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the full range of the university's academic activities, including curricular, instructional, and research affairs.

Dr. Wu comes to Fairfax, Virginia from Bethlehem, PA, where he served as Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University. In his capacity as Dean at Lehigh, he oversaw 7 academic departments, over 40 degree programs, and 14 research centers and institutes.

Dr. Wu led the development and implementation of Lehigh Engineering's strategic plan with broad involvement of the Lehigh community. The essence of the plan was to redefine engineering education as a critical component of liberal education for the 21st century.

Dr. Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research, and he specializes in optimization, game theory and distributed decision-making. He has received significant support for his research from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and other entities. His scholarly work has been widely recognized and cited; as a fellow of IIE, Dr. Wu has published more than 100 scholarly papers and served as editor or editorial board member on many journals in his field. He currently serves on the board of overseers for Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering, and the advisory boards for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the National Taiwan University.

Dr. Wu is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and HKUST. He received his MS and PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987. For more news about the Provost's Office, go here.

Jennifer (J. J.) Davis, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

Ms. Davis was appointed the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance for George Mason University in March 2013. In this role she provides: direction, oversight, and financial and operation management for Mason fiscal services; purchasing and accounts payable; budget and planning; campus police; auxiliary enterprises; transportation and parking services; human resources and payroll; facilities management, planning, financing and construction; and space management. J.J. brings a wealth of experience in budget planning, development and management vital to the continued growth and prosperity of the University.

Previously, Ms. Davis was the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, she worked for the state of Delaware, serving from 1993 to 2008 in such capacities as budget director, deputy secretary of education, associate secretary of education for policy and administrative services, and lastly as the Cabinet Secretary-Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ms. Davis was named International Women's Forum Fellow in 2008. Additionally, in 2008, she received the Delaware Quality Award for OMB, Council of State Governments Innovation Leader for OMB, and the National Association of State Personnel Officers Award for Healthcare Innovation & New Human Resource Recruitment System. She serves as a director of the WSFS Corporation, a Delaware-based bank.

Ms. Davis earned both her bachelor's degree in political science and her master's degree in policy analysis from Pennsylvania State University.

Frank Neville, Chief of Staff, Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Frank Neville is Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications and Marketing at George Mason University. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the completion of university strategic goals, coordinating the work of the Executive Council, developing the university brand, and guiding all communications and marketing operations. He also serves as board chair for Mason Korea, which governs the university's campus in Incheon, South Korea.
Prior to joining Mason in 2012, Mr. Neville was vice president of global communications and public affairs at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Before joining Thunderbird in 2004, Mr. Neville was a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.  He served in Beijing, Taipei, Chengdu, Guatemala City, and Washington, D.C. He has appeared on Nightline, The Today Show, 20/20, CNBC, CNN, BBC World Service and hundreds of other television programs in defense of U.S. policies. While in Beijing, he helped design and execute U.S. public affairs strategy during the 2001 EP-3 hostage crisis and led the public defense of U.S. policy toward Iraq in preparation for U.S. military action in 2003. During his tenure in the Foreign Service, he achieved the highest levels of proficiency possible for a non-native speaker in Spanish and Mandarin. At the time of his resignation from the Department of State, he was the Foreign Service’s most decorated officer under 40 years of age. Mr. Neville also worked in the Secretary of Defense's Office of Chinese Affairs and served on a Pearson Fellowship, first with the City of Nogales, Arizona and then in the Office of the Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano.
Mr. Neville holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and an MBA from Thunderbird.

Janet Bingham, Vice President, University Advancement and Alumni Relations

Janet Bingham is the President of the George Mason University Foundation and Vice President for George Mason Advancement, and leads alumni relations. Previously she served as the President and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF). The foundation is a charitable organization that provides financial support to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), the largest cancer specialty research center and hospital in the Intermountain West. In association with this role, Ms. Bingham managed Huntsman Cancer Biotechnology Inc. In addition, she served as the chief operating officer with the Huntsman Foundation, the private charitable foundation established by Jon M. Huntsman Sr. to support education, cancer interests, programs for abused women and children and programs for the homeless.

Before joining the Huntsman philanthropic organizations, Ms. Bingham was the Vice President for External Relations and Advancement at The University of Arizona (UA). Prior to her seven years as UA vice president, she served as Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She has been a news producer with Tucson's NBC affiliate and a high school English teacher. Ms. Bingham was recognized as one of the Ten Most Powerful Women in Arizona. For more news about the George Mason Foundation, go here. For more about alumni relations, go here. For information on the Campaign for George Mason Univesity, go here.

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.

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. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute. He is currently pursuing a master of arts in education from Michigan State University. For more about Mason athletics, go here.

Linda Harber, Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll, and Chief Human Resources Officer

Linda Harber was named Associate Vice President for Human Resources (HR) and Payroll and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in September 2006. Ms. Harber is responsible for HR and Payroll services and programs for all faculty and staff. This includes benefits, compensation and classification, employee relations, recruitment and retention, work/life, reward and recognition, training, payroll, HR operations and onboarding. Additionally, she co-chairs the Quality of Work/Life Committee, Leadership Legacy Work Group, the Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook Committee, and chairs the Investment Policy Committee and Benefits Committee.

Ms. Harber joined George Mason University in September 2003 as Assistant Vice President for HR and Payroll and CHRO. She came to Mason with twenty-five years of experience at Virginia Commonwealth University where she held a range of positions, serving as Executive Director of Human Resources for nine years before coming to Mason.

She has served on both the national and regional boards of directors for the College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Ms. Harber served as Southern Region chair, and has presented sessions at both national and regional conferences over the past twenty years. She periodically presents on topics such as generational differences in the workforce and bullying. She recently co-wrote a chapter for an upcoming Routledge book release, Workplace Bullying in Higher Education.

Ms. Harber was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award in 2005 for leadership and service to CUPA-HR, the CUPA-HR Southern Region Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and the CUPA-HR National Creativity Achievement Award in 1992. Under Linda's direction, HR & Payroll is receiving CUPA-HR's Innovation Award for its onboarding and orientation process.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and her Master's degree from the University of Kansas.

For more about human resources, go here.

Paul Liberty, Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Paul Liberty was appointed Vice President for Government and Community Relations in October 2012, reporting directly to President Ángel Cabrera. 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.

Mr. Liberty brings over 25 years of experience to Mason in leadership roles developing and executing wide ranging strategic plans for customers, employees, investors and partners. Prior to joining Mason, he 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 worked on Capitol Hill for then Congressman John Kasich, now Governor of Ohio, served in the White House under President George H.W. Bush and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Secretary Jack Kemp. Mr. Liberty also has managed policy and legislative functions for a large business association and was chief of staff for an elected member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Liberty has been active in a number of business, civic, and charitable organizations including:

  • Fairfax County Information Technology Advisory Committee
  • Celebrate Fairfax
  • Small Business Resource Partnership
  • Fairfax County Advisory Citizens Reapportionment Committee
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council
  • The International Children's Festival
  • Virginia Public Access Project
  • Leadership Fairfax
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
  • Catholic Charities.

He has also been appointed by state and local elected officials to task forces and study committees.

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

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

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.

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.

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. She is responsible for identifying, launching and sustaining educational initiatives that fulfill Mason’s strategic plan and generate financial resources to support students, faculty and the educational mission. 

Dr. Marks, charged with creating accessible student pathways and bringing learning science innovations to campus, is leading strategic partnerships designed to deliver online programming at scale, create pathway programming for international students, and support adult degree completion. She also forges critical relationships with businesses, government and education institutions to support the university’s mission. She also oversees Mason Learning Solutions, the Office of Digital Learning, and the Academic Ventures project management group, as well as academic initiatives, accreditation, and registration. 

Dr. Marks previously served as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Mason. As a professor of Management in Mason’s School of Business, Dr. Marks researched 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.

Deborah Crawford, Vice President for Research

Dr. Deborah Crawford joined George Mason University 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 until 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.

* Also includes Ángel Cabrera, President.


Peggy Agouris, Dean, College of Science

Prior to her appointment to lead the College of Science, Dr. Agouris was the Chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (2008-13). She is also the Director (since 2008) of the Center of Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR), one of Mason's most active research centers, with external funding of several million dollars annually. In 2012-13, Ms. Agouris has served as Mason's Faculty Fellow for Graduate Education.

Her research interests include the automation of processes for spatiotemporal information extraction from digital imagery, and the integration of remote sensing and digital image processing and analysis within geospatial information systems. Ms. Agouris has authored more than 100 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings in the image analysis and computer science literature, some of which have received national and international awards. She has directed numerous Ph.D. and M.S. theses, and several of her advisees are already faculty members in various national and international institutions.

Ms. Agouris serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. She is the past recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award from the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate. Her work has been further supported by numerous research grants and contracts from NSF, NASA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Army TEC, USGS, and others. She has consulted for the CIA, Milcord, Intergraph, BAE Systems, and other companies. Her research experience extends towards the private sector as well, and is further enhanced by her past role as Chief Technology Officer (and PI in SBIR/STTR projects) for a start-up company. The total amount of external research funding that Dr. Agouris has received reaches $28,000,000.

Ms. Agouris received her Diploma in Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, The Ohio State University. Prior to joining George Mason University in 2007, she was with the Department of Spatial Information Engineering, University of Maine, and before then, with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

For more on the College of Science, go here.

Kevin Avruch, Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Kevin Avruch is the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy), at George Mason University. He received his BA from the University of Chicago and MA and PhD from the University of California at San Diego. He taught at UCSD, the University of Illinois at Chicago and, since 1980, at George Mason, where he served as Coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1990-1996. From 2005-2008 he served as Associate Director of School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Mr. Avruch has published more than sixty-five articles and essays and is author or editor of seven books, including:

  • Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion, and Government (1997)
  • Culture and Conflict Resolution (1998)
  • Information Campaigns for Peace Operations (2000)
  • Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Culture, Identity, Power and Practice (2012)
  • Conflict Resolution and Human Needs: Linking Theory and Practice (2013, with C.R. Mitchell).

His other writings include articles and essays on culture and conflict analysis and resolution, theorizing power and practice, third party processes, cross-cultural negotiation, nationalist and ethnoreligious social movements, human rights and politics and society in contemporary Israel.

Professor Avruch has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He spent the 1996-1997 academic year as senior fellow in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the United States Institute for Peace. He was the Joan B. Kroc Peace Scholar at the Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego in Spring 2009, and he was a Fulbright Specialist at the Malaviya Peace Research Centre, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, in December 2011.

Mr. Avruch is currently working on projects investigating sources of political violence in protracted conflicts, human rights and truth and reconciliation commissions in post conflict peace building, and the role of power in asymmetric conflicts and conflict resolution. As Rice Professor he serves as the academic director for S-CAR's retreat and conference center, Point of View (POV), in Lorton, Virginia. POV is conceived as a center for advanced study and practice of conflict resolution and transformation, a site for teaching, training, research and practice.

For more on S-CAR, go here.

Kenneth Ball, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

Kenneth Ball was appointed Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012. He previously served as the L.S. Randolph Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2004-12, overseeing rapid growth in the department with research expenditures increasing five-fold to approximately $20M, and with large increases in student enrollment. Prior to his appointment 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 is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He has chaired three 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 is very involved in engineering program assessment and accreditation activities, both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly in the Middle East. He is an ABET Program Evaluator and has participated in numerous conferences and workshops related to engineering education and program accreditation. In 2012, he was awarded the Edwin F. Church Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for "eminent service in increasing the value, importance, and attractiveness of mechanical engineering education."

Mr. Ball is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, transport phenomena, turbulence and turbulence control, radiation heat transfer, and multimode heat transfer in turbulent flows with applications in manufacturing, materials processing, bioengineering and nuclear systems. He has directed a broad array of research programs, ranging from fundamental studies of drag reduction in turbulent flows to applied studies of rapid thermal processing of semiconductors and the non-proliferation of weapons-grade plutonium and special nuclear materials. He has published more than 100 technical articles and reports, and given more than 80 technical presentations at conferences and workshops, including six invited keynote lectures.

Dr. Ball has supervised 13 PhD dissertations and 29 MS theses. He has obtained externally sponsored funding (excluding high-performance computing grants) in excess of $20M 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 $10M. His funding has come from a variety of federal and state agencies and private industry, such as:

  • NASA
  • NSF (including a Young Investigator Award)
  • NIST
  • NRC
  • DOE
  • SEMATECH, Inc.
  • 3M Company
  • General Motors Company
  • STP Nuclear Operating Company

In addition to his research contributions, Mr. Ball has been active in promoting professionalism, leadership and service in the engineering community. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, and a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Physical Society (APS), an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Within ASME, Mr. Ball was elected to the leadership track of the Executive Committee of the Department Heads Forum, serving as Secretary and Vice-Chair elect. He has also served on numerous ASME technical committees.

Mr. Ball 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.

For more on Volgenau, go here.

Deborah Boehm-Davis, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Deborah Boehm-Davis is Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. She has previously served in a number of administrative positions at the university, including Chair of the Psychology Department, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. She also is a University Professor in Psychology, where her research focuses on how human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks. Over the years, this interest has led her to conduct research on:

  • The comprehension and maintenance of software and databases
  • The role of cognition in driving and piloting performance
  • The role of interface design in creating cognitive workload
  • Recovery from interruptions during task performance

Prior to joining George Mason University in 1984, she worked on applied cognitive research at General Electric, NASA Ames and Bell Laboratories. She is also the recipient of a Medical Devices Fellowship Program award which allowed her to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor for Human Factors at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Ms. Boehm-Davis has also served her profession as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and as President of Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Ms. Boehm-Davis holds an MA and PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in psychology from Rutgers University (Douglass College).

For more on College of Humanities and Social Sciences, go here.

Zofia Burr, Dean, Honors College

Zofia Burr is the founding dean of George Mason University'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. Dean Burr has been a member of Mason's English department faculty since 1992.

Under Dean Burr's leadership, the Honors College has tripled in size at the same time that there has been a rise in the academic profile of the entering class. In addition to taking a rigorous core curriculum, students in the Honors College serve the university community through partnerships with Mason's Learning Into Future Environments Program (MasonLIFE) and the Center for International Student Access (CISA). Beyond the campus community, they serve the region in collaboration with Leadership Fairfax.

Dean Burr's main areas of research and teaching interests are modern American poetry, research methods, disability studies and pedagogy. She was among the winners of George Mason University'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 (University of Illinois, 2002), and the editor of Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, Dialogues, by A. R. Ammons (University of Michigan, 1996). Dean Burr's writing has appeared in a number of collaborative installations, shown and performed in various venues, including Mobius gallery in Boston, Artemisia in Chicago and Soho 20 Chelsea in NYC. 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 Ms. Burr pursued graduate work in Literature and Creative Writing, she taught emotionally disturbed children in Oakland, California. She is currently the faculty sponsor for George Mason's chapter of Active Minds, a national organization focused on de-stigmatizing mental health issues on campus. She received her MFA and PhD from Cornell University.

For more on the Honors College, go here.

Henry Butler, Dean, School of Law

Henry N. Butler became dean of George Mason University School of Law on June 25, 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and executive director of the George Mason University Law & Economics Center. During his five years as executive director, the center raised over $34,000,000 from a broad base of supporters. For more than 20 years, he has managed judicial education programs that teach judges the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics and scientific methods. Over 3,000 sitting federal and state judges have attended programs under Dr. Butler’s direction.

Dr. Butler began his academic career as an assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University (1982 to 1986) and spent one year as a John M. Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School (1985 to 1986). He first joined George Mason University as an assistant professor of law in 1986. He also served as associate dean and director of the Law & Economics Center (1989 to 1991). Butler has also served as the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Distinguished Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Kansas (1993 to 2001), where he had a joint appointment in the schools of law and business, and the James Farley Professor of Economics in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics and a professor of law (courtesy appointment) at Chapman University (2001 to 2007). Dr. Butler also served as executive director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law (2007 to 2010). In June 2010, Dr. Butler (along with five other colleagues from Northwestern) returned to Mason Law as executive director of the LEC.

Dr. Butler has written extensively on a variety of topics, including the economics of contracting, antitrust and competition, corporate governance, consumer protection, and the potential role of competitive federalism in improving corporate governance, banking regulation, insurance regulation, and environmental policy. In addition to several books, Dr. Butler has published in leading economic journals, including the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He has published in many major law reviews, including the Virginia Law Review, Cornell Law Review and Yale Journal on Regulation. Dr. Butler's casebook, Economic Analysis for Lawyers, has been adopted at leading law schools and is the primary textbook for the Economics Institutes for Judges.

Dr. Butler is a member of the American Law & Economics Association, the Mont Pelerin Society, the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Legal Foundation. Dr. Butler is an honorary member of the American College of Business Court Judges.

Dr. Butler received his MA and PhD in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (where he was a student of Mason’s first Nobel Laureate, James M. Buchanan) and his JD from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law & Economics at the Law & Economics Center.

For more on the School of Law, go here.

Rick Davis, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, dean of the Collge of Visual and Performing Arts, 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 twelve, and originated numerous works that went on to other regional theaters, television, radio and publication. From 2007-2011, Rick served as Mason's Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, working primarily on issues of general and liberal education, international programs and student academic life.

As Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center since August, 2011, Rick Davis oversees a new, state of the art venue presenting more than 20 international touring artists annually and serving as home to several resident arts organizations as well as providing a major resource for community educational, business and social events. He also serves as an Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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 such as:

  • Center Stage
  • TFA
  • The Kennedy Center
  • American Ibsen Theater and Unseam'd Shakespeare Company in Pittsburgh
  • Players Theatre Columbus
  • Delaware Theatre Company
  • Lake George Opera (NY)
  • Opera Idaho
  • Washington, DC's IN Series

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).

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.

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Mark Ginsberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

Mark Ginsberg is the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Mr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 30-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.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

He is the current past-president of the International Step by Step Association, a nongovernmental organization of 30 education-focused NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also is a past-president of the Society of Psychologists in Management, a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Mr. 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.

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Anne Magro, Interim Dean, School of Business

Magro holds a BGS from The University of Michigan and a MS (Tax) and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she was previously a member of the faculties of Rutgers University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Texas-Austin.

Her research addresses how characteristics of the decision maker, task, and environment interact to affect the judgment and decision-making of preparers and users of accounting information.

Magro has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Decision Science. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Behavioral Research in Accounting and on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Advances in Behavioral Accounting Research. Professor Magro is an active member of the American Taxation Association and the Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations section of the American Accounting Association.

Magro is an active member of the Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations section of the American Accounting Association as well as the American Taxation Association. She has served on the faculties of University of Texas-Austin, University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University.

Thomas R. Prohaska, Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Thomas Prohaska, leader of College of Health and Human Services, has more than 30 years' experience in gerontological public health research, education and practice. Prior to joining George Mason University, Mr. Prohaska was a professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has been the principal investigator of federally funded research studies and co-investigator on many others and has over one hundred publications and government documents in gerontological health and behavioral health risk factors in older populations. He was an editor, along with Tom Hickey and Marjorie Speers, of the first volume of the book, Public Health and Aging as well as the second volume, with Lynda Anderson and Robert Binstock, Public Health for an Aging Society (2012).

His research interests focus on gerontological public health, including physical activity, health behavior, illness behavior in older adults, self-care and chronic disease management in older populations, and the translation and dissemination of evidence-based research and health innovations in older populations. He is on the editorial board of The Gerontologist, the Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences and the Journal of Health and Aging. Mr. Prohaska's research funding sources have included:

  • The Administration on Aging
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The National Institute on Aging
  • The Retirement Research Foundation
  • Easter Seals

He has served on numerous regional and national advisory panels, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Expert Panel on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity-Related Health Disparities as well as NIH study review panels, the Governor's Older Adult Services Advisory Committee (OASAC) for Illinois and the CDC Healthy Aging research Network (CDC-HAN). He has received recognition for his teaching and has sponsored pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows in public health, gerontology and medicine.

Mr. Prohaska received his PhD in Experimental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia and his Post-doctoral training in Health Psychology and Gerontology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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Mark Rozell, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government

Mark J. Rozell, acting dean of the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, 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 about his areas of expertise for 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.

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John G. Zenelis, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

John Zenelis has been leading Mason's libraries for the past fifteen years. From 2001 to June 2013, he also fulfilled additional 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 are closely aligned with the academic and research programs of the university’s schools and colleges. Library resources, services and programs consistently receive high satisfaction scores from Mason's students, faculty and staff. With its emergence into a research-level library, it is steadily accruing national recognition for Mason.

Recent advances of the University Libraries include:

  • Significant growth in collections
  • Implementation of a range of programs and services such as nationally recognized discipline-based research portals
  • Development of facilities vision and planning for all of Mason's libraries, including construction of the Fenwick Library addition commencing in Summer 2013

Mr. Zenelis also implemented the Libraries' advancement program, consisting of fund-raising and grants.

He represents Mason in his area of responsibility externally, while serving (actively or recently) in leadership roles, with the following organizations:

  • Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
  • Washington Research Libraries Consortium
  • Library Advisory Committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • The landmark state-wide Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
  • The Center for Research Libraries—Network for Global Information.

His educational background includes political science, with degrees from Temple University (BA) and the Graduate School & University Center, The City University of New York (MA), and library and information science (MLS) from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Mason Songdo Campus Leadership

Steven K. Lee, President, Mason Korea

Dr. Steven K. Lee was appointed the President of George Mason University Korea (Mason Korea) in July 2015. As President, Lee serves as the chief executive officer, responsible for the overall planning, administration, and success of the university. Mason Korea was officially opened in 2014 at the Incheon Global Campus, located in the city of Incheon, approximately an hour west of Korea’s capital city--Seoul.

President Lee is a nationally and internationally acclaimed scholar of education, specializing in bilingual and multicultural education, global studies, and organizational policy and leadership studies. Lee has published extensively and has served as chief editor, co-editor, and reviewer for several prominent journals and publications, including The Journal of Current Research and Practices in Language Minority Education and Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for English Language Learners.


Immediately prior to assuming the helm at Mason Korea, Lee served as the Founding Director and CEO of USC Korea, founded in 2009, by the University of Southern California. USC is the first major U.S. private research university to establish a government-approved educational organization in Korea.


Lee’s leadership and scholarly experience spans over 25 years at some of the major universities in the U.S., both public and private, including the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Portland State University, University of Southern California, and the California State Universities.


Dr. Lee has held presidencies and commissions at numerous national and international organizations, receiving accolades from the Office of the President and the U.S. Dept. of Education among several others. In 2001, he founded the Urban Education Center in the city of Los Angeles to provide expanded educational access for inner city and immigrant students. Lee also served as President of the Association of Asian Pacific American Leadership in Education and the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Association. A pioneer and community advocate, he serves on several boards and commissions. Lee received President’s (Obama) Volunteer Service Award in 2013 and again, in 2014, for his community leadership and service.

Dr. Lee received his doctorate from USC and his master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.

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