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Paul Liberty Named Interim Vice President for University Relations

February 29, 2012

On Monday, March 5, Paul Liberty will assume the post of interim vice president for university relations at Mason, President Alan Merten announced.

Liberty, BA English ’88, fills the position vacated by Christine LaPaille, who left the university to pursue another opportunity. Liberty is expected to serve until August, when a permanent replacement will be selected, the president said.

An experienced professional, Liberty has served on executive management teams for two publicly traded companies, leading the corporate affairs functions with responsibilities for communications (marketing and media relations), strategic planning, merger and acquisition activities, community relations, legislative affairs and investor relations.

Most recently, Liberty spent eight years at GTSI, a publicly traded government contractor, where he served in leadership roles developing strategic plans and executing communications activities for customers, employees, investors and partners.

Prior to joining GTSI, Liberty was a vice president for McGuireWoods Capital Group, a mergers and acquisitions, capital-raising and financial advisory firm established to serve small- to middle-market companies. Liberty previously served as vice president for investor, government and public relations for Metrocall, a publicly traded wireless telecommunications company. He was part of a senior management team that acquired eight companies in five years, and he participated in raising two series of high-yield and preferred equity.

Liberty is an active member of the Northern Virginia community and is currently serving or has served as:

  • Co-chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC) Public Policy Steering Committee
  • Member of the NVTC political action committee (TechPAC)
  • Director and vice chairman for the Virginia Public Access Project (
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
  • NVTC representative to the Fairfax County Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee
  • Member of Fairfax County’s Citizen Committee on Redistricting
  • NVTC’s representative to the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Science and Technology review of eCycling rules and regulations
  • Member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association
  • Member of the Business Advisors Board for the Small Business Resource Partnership (Route 1 corridor)
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfax County Library Foundation