George Mason University

Presidential Search

The next president of George Mason University has a historic opportunity to build upon one of the most remarkable success stories of American higher education and help shape the direction of one of the nation’s most innovative and diverse public research universities.

The Search Process

The George Mason University Board of Visitors announced the presidential search committee in July 2019.

The 19 representatives include members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board of Trustees, faculty, student body, staff, alumni, and the business community. The university hired Greenwood/Asher & Associates, a firm that specializes in higher education leadership searches, to assist in the comprehensive search. The committee developed a profile for the position and a process for the search. The committee will recommend final candidates to the Board of Visitors. 

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Steps of the Johnson Center at George Mason University in the Winter

At the center of Mason's Fairfax, Virginia campus stands the George W. Johnson Center, named in honor of Mason's president from 1979-96. Under Johnson, Mason began to evolve into the top-tier national research university it is today.

Where We Started – Process Recap

A listening process preceded the search process. Throughout July 2019, Vice Rector Jimmy Hazel and Faculty Senate Chair Shannon Davis – the eventual co-chairs of the search committee – joined Rector Tom Davis for a series of four listening sessions on Mason’s three Virginia campuses. They gathered input from faculty and staff about the makeup of the search committee, the search process, and the characteristics desired in the next Mason president. A fifth listening session, for students, was held at the start of the fall semester.


Watch the Listening Sessions

Members of the Mason community share their views on what they want in a leader.




Contact the Search Committee

Members of the community and Mason faculty, staff, and students can submit confidential questions or considerations to the search committee by completing this contact form. 

Write to the Committee

Student sleds down a snow-covered hill on the Mason Fairfax Campus

A student takes advantage of a snow-covered hill to have fun with a sled on Mason's Fairfax Campus.