About the Members
Peggy Agouris, Dean, College of Science
Peggy Agouris is the Dean of the College of Science since July 2013.
Prior to her appointment, she was the Chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (2008-13). Since 2008, Dr. Agouris is also the Director 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.
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, and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy), at George Mason University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He has 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 1990-96. From 2005-08 he served as Associate Director of S-CAR.
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), and 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 1996-97 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.
Kenneth S. 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."
As Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, Mr. Ball was responsible for managing a budget of nearly $30,000,000, and leading a group of 58 tenured or tenure track faculty members, 25 full-time staff members, 1,050 undergraduate students (not counting first-year students), over 300 graduate students (half of whom were Ph.D. students), and approximately 25 research faculty. During his tenure as department head, he hired 34 tenured or tenure track faculty at all ranks. Annual research expenditures in the department increased from $4,000,000 to over $20,000,000 under his leadership. The department improved its U.S. News & World Report rankings from 22nd to 14th for its graduate program and from 18th to 13th for its undergraduate program since 2004. The department has also enjoyed steady and significant growth in both its undergraduate and graduate student populations. Over the period 2010-12, approximately 25 Ph.D.s per year were graduated, which was a step increase over the previous ten-year average of approximately 10 Ph.D. graduates per year. One of the top three programs for BSME degrees awarded annually over the period 2007-12 (No. 1 in 2008), the department graduated over 300 BSMEs in the 2011-12 academic year. The department was designated a "University Exemplary Department" in 2010 by Virginia Tech for a five-year period for its leadership in developing international education programs. Dr. Ball was also instrumental in establishing new graduate degree programs in nuclear engineering (M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering), which are currently pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
At The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Ball was the Coordinator of the Thermal Fluid Systems Area, Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, and held the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering No. 5. He was also Chair of the Nuclear Reactor Committee. He received the Halliburton Foundation, Inc. Faculty Excellence Award in 1996, the College of Engineering Departmental Teaching Award in 1998, and was named a College of Engineering Dean’s Fellow in 1999.
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 Ph.D. dissertations and 29 M.S. 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, AFOSR, NSF (including a Young Investigator Award), NIST, NRC, DOE, SEMATECH, Inc., 3M Company, General Motors Company, and 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. Since 2006, he has served as an invited panelist on seven panels at major conferences or workshops focused on faculty development, leadership development, strategic planning, increasing research funding and productivity, and also the future directions of research in the thermal fluid sciences. Mr. Ball has been chair or co-chair of three international conferences, is a past associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, International Journal of Integrated Energy Systems, and Trends in Mechanical Engineering & Technology (TMET). 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.
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. 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 a UA vice president, she served as Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She also 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.
Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, Dean of the 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, and 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.
Henry Butler, Dean, School of Law
Henry N. Butler became dean of George Mason University School of Law in June 2015.
Prior to his appointment, he was a Mason Foundation Professor of Law and executive director of the Mason Law & Economics Center. During his five years as executive director, the center raised more than $34 million.
Dr. Butler began his academic career as an assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University and spent a year as a John M. Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He joined Mason as an assistant professor of law in 1986. He also served as associate dean and director of the Law & Economics Center and has served as the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Distinguished Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Kansas, and the James Farley Professor of Economics in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics and a professor of law at Chapman University. Dr. Butler served as executive director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law. In June 2010, Dr. Butler returned to Mason Law as executive director of the LEC.
In addition to several books, Dr. Butler has published in leading economic journals including the Journal of Law & Economics and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He has published in major law reviews, including the Virginia 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.
He received his MA and PhD in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 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.
David Burge, Vice President, Enrollment Management
David Burge has served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at George Mason University since July 2015.
Previously, at the University of Kansas, he served as the institution’s first Assistant Director for Web Programming/Services within the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
During his tenure as Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he helped launch one of the first private social networks for admitted students.
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.
He currently serves as coordinator of the Admissions Middle Management Institute for rising leaders in the Admissions profession.
Mr. Burge also served as President of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling from 2006 to 2008.
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 George 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. 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.
Her main areas of research and teaching interest 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 her Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Ángel Cabrera, President
Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in more than 200 academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides its 33,000 students from 136 countries access to diverse cultural experiences and some of the most sought-after faculty, internships, and employers in the country. Named a top "Up-and-Coming University" by U.S. News & World Report and a "Best Value in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, George Mason University is a leading example of a modern, public research university.
Prior to joining George Mason University, Mr. 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.
Mr. Cabrera is a frequent speaker at prestigious international forums, and he has written numerous papers in leading academic journals. His latest book, Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World, was published by Harvard Business Review. His views on global leadership, higher education, and corporate citizenship have been quoted by leading global media, including The Economist, Time, CNN, CNBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. BusinessWeek honored him in 2004 as one of 25 "Stars of Europe."
Mr. Cabrera serves on the board of specialty retailer PetSmart. He also serves on the boards of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholar Program), ESSEC Business School, and the Iberoamerican Academy of Management and the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Madrid. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Future Trends Forum in Madrid, and he is the past chairman of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.
A native of Spain, Mr. Cabrera holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica 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.
Thomas G. Calhoun, Vice President, Facilities
Thomas Calhoun was appointed as George Mason University’s Vice President of Facilities in February 2006. In this capacity he is responsible for all planning, design, construction, and facilities management at all four of the university’s Northern Virginia locations. For the year prior, he served as Director of Facilities Planning.
Prior to joining Mason, Mr. Calhoun served for 26 years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the United States Navy. During his naval career he served two overseas tours with the Seabees, two construction management tours with the United States Marine Corps, and several construction management assignments in the Washington, DC and Seattle, Washington areas. He led planning efforts for the Navy in Naples, Italy, and for the Marine Corps in Washington, DC. He concluded his naval career as Commanding Officer of Engineering Field Activity, Washington, where he was responsible for all planning, environmental, design and construction for Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force installations in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. He retired with the rank of Captain in 2004.
Mr. Calhoun earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Stanford University. He also attended the Executive Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mr. Calhoun lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, the former Joy Audet of North Miami Florida, and their two children, Briana and Thomas.
Dr. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Vice President for Research and Economic Development (interim)
Professor Cioffi began his term as Interim Vice President for Research in 2014. He received his first doctorate in political and social sciences from the University of Florence in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in 1979. He joined George Mason University in 2002 and is currently Professor of Computational Social Science, former and founding chair of the Department of Computational Social Science, and founding director of the Center for Social Complexity. His research interests include conflict modeling and radicalization, disasters and risk analysis, and social complexity theory and research. His current research projects include theory and applied research on coupled human-artificial-natural systems (CHANS), climate change and conflict, and advanced formal methods for hybrid functions in complex systems. His research is supported by NSF and ONR. He is founding past president and an active member of the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, serving also as a Jefferson Science Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and Senior S&T Adviser at the Office of Geographic and Global Issues in the US Department of State. He has authored over eighty peer-reviewed scientific and policy analysis papers and seven books, the most recent being Introduction to Computational Social Science: Principles and Applications (Springer, 2014).
Jennifer (J.J.) Davis, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Jennifer (J.J.) Davis was appointed the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance for George Mason University in March of 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 excelled as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Delaware, where she and her colleagues touched on nearly every aspect of the campus, from the redesign of the human resources, finance and payroll systems to revamping the compensation system to the demolition of the Chrysler facility (and establishment of the UDid It Picnic.)
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, through its integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree program.
Ms. Davis resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband and two children.
Rick Davis, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Rick Davis joined George Mason University in 1991 as Artistic Director of Theater of the First Amendment and a member of the theater faculty.
The company 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 to 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.
As Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center since August, 2011, Dr. Davis oversees a 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, he was Resident Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, Associate Director and co-founder of the American Ibsen Theater in Pittsburgh, and taught drama at Washington College.
Dr. Davis has directed a range of professional theater and opera productions 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 (New York), Opera Idaho, Washington, D.C.’s IN Series, and other companies. He also has worked as dramaturg on professional productions, and has directed plays, musicals, and operas for college and university programs, including the Mason Players.
He has won the George Mason Teaching Excellence Award and an Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year.
Dr. Davis received a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and an MFA and DFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Edward Dittmeier, Director of Internal Audit and Management Services
Edward Dittmeier was named Director of Internal Audit and Management Services in July 2015. 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 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. He was senior vice president and associate general auditor for BB&T Corporation for three years and, prior to that, served in multiple senior-level internal audit roles for American Express Company. 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.
Charlene Douglas, Chair, Faculty Senate
Charlene Douglas is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Coordinator of the Online RN to BSN program, and Coordinator for Community Health Nursing. Her specialty areas are cultural competence, community-based practice, and access to care.
A former White House Fellow, Ms. Douglas served as Special Assistant to Secretary Louis Sullivan at the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS]. Part of that service was helping to launch the Healthy Start Program, aimed at decreasing the infant mortality rate in high-risk areas. She is currently on the Advisory Commission for Childhood Vaccines at DHHS, and the INOVA Home Health Professional Advisory Committee.
Her primary research interest has been in the area of quality of life for cancer survivors. She has published results for Hispanic and African American populations. She is a text reviewer for community content and serves as a grant reviewer for community programs aimed at reducing adolescent pregnancy. Her contributions to general education include work with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the writing component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Ms. Douglas received her BA and BSN from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and her MPH and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She began her academic career at the University of Maryland and recently celebrated her 20th year at George Mason University. Dr. Douglas was tenured under Genuine Excellence in Teaching and has been awarded the University Teaching Excellence Award. She is Certified in Online Education, and Certified in Public Health [CPH].
Kimberly Eby, Associate Provost, Faculty Development and Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence
Kimberly Eby joined George Mason University in 1996 as the first tenure-track faculty member in New Century College (NCC), Mason’s undergraduate Integrative Studies program; she is also a faculty member in Women and Gender Studies and affiliate of the Department of Psychology. In 2002, Ms. Eby was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award.
Her research and teaching interests are related to violence and gender and collaboration and community building in a variety of contexts, especially in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. She has co-edited an interdisciplinary reader on violence and gender and written about faculty roles in interdisciplinary collaborative work; collaborative learning; pedagogical strategies in teaching about controversial and sensitive issues; and responding to the needs of domestic violence survivors.
Since joining the Office of Provost in 2007, her role has been to provide programming, consultation, and professional development support to Mason faculty members and graduate students, with an emphasis on teaching and learning. Ms. Eby collaborates with other campus leaders on institution-wide curricular and leadership initiatives, including Mason’s Students as Scholars initiative and the Leadership Legacy Program developed by MasonLEADS.
Ms. Eby 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 curricular change, developing interdisciplinary curricula, faculty collaboration, working with student and faculty diversity, and other issues.
She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University.
Brad Edwards, Asst. Vice President/Director of 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.
Cody W. Edwards, Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Cody Edwards is the Associate Provost for Graduate Education at George Mason University. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Edwards served as the founding director of the College of Science’s STEM Accelerator Program. Mr. 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.
Marc Fournier, Assistant Vice President of Business Services for Auxiliary Enterprises
Marc Fournier is the Assistant Vice President of Business Services for Auxiliary Enterprises at George Mason University. This position directs and coordinates the retail and/or auxiliary enterprises that support the educational, social, cultural, and recreational interests of George Mason University that meet student needs and facilitate student development while generating sustainable revenue.
Mr. Fournier held multiple leadership positions during his twenty five year career in hospitality prior to joining Mason. Prior to joining Mason he held a position as General Manager with Crestline Hotels and Resorts and oversaw The Mason Inn. He previously served in executive positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Radisson, Winegardner and Hammons, and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Mr. Fournier is an advisor for the Honors College Connects program here at Mason and sits on the Board of Directors for Visit Fairfax as well as Fall for the Book.
Mr. Fournier received his AS in Culinary Arts and BA in Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mark R. 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 as a 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 having been 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.
Linda H. Harber, Vice President, Human Resources, Payroll and Faculty/Staff Life
Linda Harber was named Vice President for Human Resources, Payroll, and Faculty/Staff Life in July 2014.
In this role, she is responsible for benefits, workforce planning, employee relations, talent acquisition, payroll, reward and recognition, training and organizational development, HRIS, onboarding, Mason’s Child Development Center, and faculty/staff well-being initiatives. Additionally, she chairs the Investment Policy Committee, Quality of Work/Life Committee, and co-chairs the Leadership Legacy Steering Committee.
Ms. Harber joined George Mason University in September 2003 as Assistant Vice President for HR and Payroll and CHRO. She was promoted to Associate Vice President in 2006. She came to Mason with over 20 years of experience at Virginia Commonwealth University.
She has served on both the national and regional boards of directors for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Ms. Harber has made numerous professional presentations at both regional and national conferences on a wide range of issues including generational differences and work/life programming. She is coauthor of a chapter in Workplace Bullying in Higher Education published in 2013.
Under her leadership, George Mason University’s Office of Human Resources and Payroll received the CUPA-HR 2012 HR Innovation Award. Ms. Harber was awarded the CUPA-HR Distinguished Service Award in 2005, the CUPA-HR Southern Region Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and the CUPA-HR National Creativity Achievement Award in 1992. Over the past several years, George Mason University has been recognized as a great place to work from The Chronicle of Higher Education, AARP, the Washington Post and others.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and her Master's degree from the University of Kansas.
Eric M. Heath, Chief of Police
Eric Heath joined George Mason University in 2013 and as the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police at the University’s Department of Police and Public Safety; Colonel Heath leads a nationally accredited law enforcement agency with over 125 staff members who provide public safety services to the Mason Community. Colonel Heath began his career in law enforcement at the University of Arkansas Police Department and has served in law enforcement leadership positions at several other prominent institutions to include Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas with both a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology, Colonel Heath has attended the University of Tennessee Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy as well as the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. An active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Colonel Heath is the current Chair of the IACLEA Awards and Recognition Committee, Vice-Chair of the IACLEA Government Relations Committee, and serves as a Board of Director for the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Lisa Kemp, Associate Vice President and Controller, Fiscal Services
Lisa Kemp joined George Mason in January 2015 as Associate Vice President and Controller with over twenty-five years of executive finance and operations experience in higher education and healthcare. She has a strong background managing large teams, defining and implementing controls and metrics, and intimately understands the rapidly changing challenges facing today’s universities. As a pioneer in online education, she leveraged technology and new distance learning methods to deliver accredited, high quality education globally. Her past responsibilities have included Executive Vice President of Trident University International, President and CFO of Cogswell Polytechnical University, and Senior Vice President, CFO, and Officer for American Public University System (NASDAQ: APEI). Lisa was a member of the founding leadership team who led APEI through regional accreditation, achievement of federal financial aid, and ultimately its initial public offering.
Prior to her career in higher education, Lisa held several progressive senior positions with HCR-ManorCare, which saw $2.5 billion in revenues. She also spent seven years with Wolpoff and Company Certified Public Accountants, where she advanced to management prior to assuming the role of Controller for one of the firm’s largest health care clients. Lisa prides herself on being passionate about serving her constituents, building strong teams that work hard and have fun, and ensuring compliant and ethical practices. She holds an MBA and an active CPA license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Paul Liberty, Vice President for Government and Community Relations
Paul Liberty was appointed Vice President for Government and Community Relations in October 2012, reporting directly to President Ángel Cabrera. As Vice President, he oversees a team working with federal, state, and local governments as well as the 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, and 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.
Michelle A. Marks, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Michelle Marks is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at George Mason University. In this capacity, she is responsible for campus-wide administrative leadership and coordination of academic programs, advising, planning, assessment, and accreditation. She is also an Associate Professor of Management in Mason’s School of Business.
Ms. Marks has spent her career studying leadership development and teamwork in organizations. She has published theoretical models and empirical studies that illustrate the dynamic nature of the collaborative processes used by organizational teams and the critical roles of team leaders.
Ms. Marks has authored and delivered more than 75 peer review journal articles and national conference research presentations. In 2006, Ms. Marks won the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2008 and 2011 she won the Executive MBA Professor of the Year award. She teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, global business and human resource management in executive, MBA and undergraduate programs. She has led Mason graduate student short-term study abroad courses to the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, France, Hungary, Austria, England, and the Czech Republic, where students study global business and cross-cultural adaptability.
She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Ms. Marks earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.
Thomas M. Moncure, Jr., University Counsel
Tom Moncure was named as University Counsel for George Mason University by Attorney General Judith Williams Jadgmann in January of 2006. Prior to this appointment, he had served as Senior Counsel to two Attorneys General with the primary responsibility of managing Special (outside) Counsel throughout the Commonwealth. Additional duties as Senior Counsel involved the active representation of several state agencies - to include one educational institution - and the drafting of official legal opinions. He served as the Attorney General’s designee on the Virginia Military Advisory Council and the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.
Admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1979, he began his legal career as a general trial practitioner in courts of the Commonwealth. He was also appointed by the Circuit Judges as Assistant Commissioner of Accounts with the responsibility for auditing and approving fiduciary reports. Additionally, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on Medical Malpractice Review Panels. Other significant legal experience includes employment as Assistant General Counsel for the National Rifle Association and election as Clerk of the Circuit Court for the County of Stafford. Legal publications include two law review articles and book reviews for The Virginia Lawyer.
Mr. Moncure is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates where he served on the Courts of Justice Committee. He is currently in his third term as appointee of the Speaker of the House to the Virginia Code Commission.
He is a retired career Military Police Officer in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves, following 26 years of commissioned service. Significant duty assignments were as Division Provost Marshal, Operations Officer (S-3), Physical Security Officer, Administrative Officer (S-1), and Company Commander. Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.
Mr. Moncure received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute and Master of Arts degree in History from George Mason University. He took and passed the Bar under the auspices of the Virginia Law Reader Program.
Janette Kenner Muir, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education
Janette Muir is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at George Mason University. She began as the Basic Course Director in the Communication Department over twenty years ago, involved with general education for nine years before moving on to New Century College to serve as unit leader for a first-year course integrating science, math and communication. Then she served as Associate Dean for New Century College.
Her most recent work was as team leader for a freshman learning community in the NCC Cornerstones program integrating social science and information/communication technology to teach students about community-based research. In addition to her work in New Century College, Ms. Muir is an affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Higher Education Program, and the Center for Consciousness and Transformation - all interdisciplinary programs at Mason.
Ms. 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 also recently completed and 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.
Committed to teaching excellence, Ms. 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. Ms. 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.
Ms. 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. They live in Manassas, Virginia with their two teenagers, Caitlin and Alex.
Frank Neville, Chief of Staff
Frank Neville is Chief of Staff at George Mason University. In this capacity he supports the President in pursuing the University’s strategic objectives.
Prior to joining Mason in June, 2012, Mr. Neville was Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s top-ranked school of international business. At Thunderbird, Mr. Neville was responsible for the school’s global reputation and rankings while at the same time overseeing the school’s advisory boards and managing a diverse global outreach and business development portfolio.
Prior to joining Thunderbird in 2004, Mr. Neville was a career diplomat with the United States Department of State. An accomplished foreign policy advocate, 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. An experienced public speaker and debater, he has given numerous public presentations in Chinese, Spanish, and English to audiences throughout Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. While at the State Department, he achieved the highest levels of proficiency possible for a non-native speaker in Spanish and Mandarin.
During his 15 years in the State Department, Mr. Neville served in Taipei, Chengdu, Guatemala City, and Beijing. While in Taipei, he served as spokesperson for the unofficial U.S. mission to Taiwan. In Chengdu, he directed U.S. public diplomacy in a district of 190 million people that included Tibet. He served as Spokesperson and Press Office Director at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, where he was deeply involved in U.S. law enforcement activities including counter-terrorism, anti-narcotics, and immigration. 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. At the time of his resignation from the Department of State, Mr. Neville was the Foreign Service’s most decorated officer under 40 years of age.
In addition to his service at the State Department, 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.
Sarah E. Nutter, Dean, School of Business
Sarah Nutter is currently serving as the Dean of George Mason University’s School of Business, where she is also a professor of accounting. For the last two years she has served as the Presidential Fellow at George Mason University, serving as the interim chief of staff for the university and chairing the steering committee of the university strategic visioning process. Ms. Nutter is a Senior Scholar at Mason’s Mercatus Center and has previously served as the Accounting Area Chair.
Prior to her faculty appointment at George Mason, Ms. Nutter was an economist at the Internal Revenue Service and a faculty member at the University of Maryland-Overseas Division in Germany. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and her MBA and PhD from Michigan State University.
Ms. Nutter’s research is focused on understanding how incentives and institutional/individual differences affect business and individual behavior. Her research focuses primarily on the impact of taxes and tax structures on individuals and businesses. She has published over thirty articles that have appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Advances in Taxation, and Statistics of Income Bulletin.
Ms. Nutter teaches courses in accounting and taxation in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. She has received several teaching awards for Outstanding Faculty Member from George Mason’s Executive MBA Program. She has developed executive education courses for numerous governmental agencies and companies, including Oracle Corporation, General Dynamics, Time Warner, Sallie Mae, and Lee Technologies. She has led global residencies for graduate students to Singapore, Vietnam, China, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
Ms. Nutter currently serves on the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee, as president-elect with the Accounting Program Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association, and on the board of the Virginia Society of CPAs Educational Foundation.
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 B.A. in Sociology, Criminology, and Conflict Analysis at the State University of New York at Albany. Her M.A. in Sociology is from George Mason.
Thomas R. Prohaska, Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Thomas Prohaska 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, (2012) Public Health for an Aging Society. 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 research funding sources have included the Administration on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging, the Retirement Research Foundation and 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.
Mark J. Rozell, Acting Dean and Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy
Mark Rozell is the Acting Dean and Professor of Public Policy in the George Mason University School of Public Policy where he has taught since 2004. His research interests focus on U.S. government and politics, with particular emphases in such areas as the presidency, separation of powers, interest group politics, religion and politics, and media and politics.
Mr. Rozell is the author or co-author of nine books including, most recently, The President’s Czars: Undermining Congress and the Constitution (University Press of Kansas, 2012), Interest Groups in American Campaigns (Oxford University Press, 2012, 3rd edition), and Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability (University Press of Kansas, 2010, 3rd edition). He has edited or co-edited twenty additional books, and written numerous articles in refereed journals and chapters of edited compendia. He writes frequent op-ed columns for such publications as Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, USA Today, the Washington Post, among others. He is a frequent media commentator on national and state politics.
Mr. Rozell has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He has lectured in Austria, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and Vietnam. He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues.
Prior to coming to Mason, Mr. Rozell was Ordinary Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America.
Solon Simmons, Acting Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Solon Simmons is the acting dean at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. A professional sociologist, Simmons is an intellectual polyglot and humanistic social scientist with formal training in sociology, the history and philosophy of science and business, and informal training in just about everything else. Once aptly described as the ur-type of the University of Chicago undergrad, Simmons’s interests span a range of disciplinary knowledge with special focus on political ideas, social stratification, cultural sociology, collective memory, and the symbolic history of political dysfunction.
His first book The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press tells the story of the atrophy in post-World War II America of one of the canonical categories of the moral imagination-equality. In this book, Simmons explores the progressive articulation of the American idea as the core values of freedom and tolerance find ready advocates and rhetorical supports in postwar America, while the thought of equality in nonascriptive and universal terms stagnates and falls out of our collective vocabulary. The story is not a happy one. Americans now confront one another over a dysfunctional divide, lacking the intellectual tools they need to confront their most dire social problems.
In a forthcoming book, "Professors and their Politics," co-authored with Neil Gross, Simmons explores questions of the genesis of ideas with a more direct look at their producers—the professors. Building on a widely recognized set of surveys of American college and university professors, along with contributions from a wide array of scholars interested in the rise of the new politics of higher education, this book demonstrates what can be revealed about the politics of the professoriate when the topic is taken seriously from the perspective of sober social science.
Simmons is currently at work on several other projects. His book project "America Unbroken: The Forgotten Legacy of Sargent Shriver" builds on Shriver’s work in the civil rights movement, the Peace Corps, and the war on poverty, as he explores with co-author Jamie Price how Shriver fused horizons of two meta-narratives of American development—the optimistic 19th-century vision of a city upon a hill—with the less sanguine 20th-century story of America as colonial oppressor. Shriver’s capacity to see the good in both of these visions and to match that vision with astonishing social policy may serve as a model for 21st-century social engagement.
Simmons teaches a wide array of classes at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution including conflict theory; advanced quantitative methods; introduction to conflict resolution; global conflict; culture, identity, and conflict; integration of theory, research, and practice; class inequality and conflict; and a new class on conflict in America. Simmons teaches in equal measures at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD levels, and also teaches regularly in Mason’s dual-degree program at the University of Malta. He is the director of undergraduate studies for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and has offices on both the Fairfax and Arlington Campuses.
Marilyn T. Smith, Director, 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, Director, State Government Relations
Mark Smith joined George Mason University as Director of State Government Relations 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 Clerk’s Offices which are responsible for the daily operations of the General Assembly.
Mr. Smith is active in the community as well, serving on the Virginia Board of Conservation and Recreation, 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 to the National Kidney Foundation and its Virginia affiliate 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 legislative priorities and plans and executes 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.
Julian R. Williams, Vice President, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics
Julian R. Williams was appointed 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.
Mr. Williams 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 that role, he was the primary liaison to President, Board of Trustees, government officials, and others in the campus community on incidences of sexual misconduct and claims of discrimination or harassment. Mr. Williams has also served as the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Monmouth University.
He has worked as a civil trial attorney in Michigan on cases involving discrimination, harassment, and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and has served 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. Mr. Williams is also a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.
Julian earned a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law.
S. David Wu, Ph.D., Provost, Executive Vice President
S. David Wu joined George Mason University as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs on July 1, 2014. In his new 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 M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987.
Dr. Wu and his wife have two grown children.
Renell M. Wynn, Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Renell Wynn brings to Mason over 15 years of substantial executive experience as a communications and marketing professional in higher education. Ms. Wynn has experience with creating, planning, and implementing a strategic communication strategy as well as managing a wide range of communication programs.
Prior to joining Mason, Ms. Wynn served as assistant vice president for Development Relations at the College of William and Mary. In this role, she developed and implemented marketing plans to enhance the university’s image, utilized strategic communication to create initiatives to impact overall goals and objectives, and managed various communication vehicles including advertising, graphic design, public and media relations, and web communications.
Ms. Wynn received her master’s degree in business administration from William Woods University and a bachelor’s in English from Spelman College.
John G. Zenelis, University Librarian & Associate Vice President for Information Technology
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: a significant growth in collections (especially digital scholarly resources) that provide considerable breadth and depth across the disciplines, and significant special collections; implementation of a range of programs and services such as nationally recognized discipline-based research portals, data management services, institutional repository (Mason Archival Repository Service), electronic theses and dissertations, Copyright Resources Office, a variety of ?resource discovery? tools; development of facilities vision and planning for all of Mason’s libraries, with significant projects completed or underway including construction of the Fenwick Library addition commencing in Summer 2013; and a significantly well-qualified staff of library faculty and classified staff members able to meet the rapidly evolving needs of Mason’s academic and research programs.
Mr. Zenelis also implemented the Libraries’ advancement program, consisting of fund-raising and grants initiatives with noteworthy accomplishments that include: reaching approximately 1,500 donors, contributing annually at various levels; establishment of an external Library Advisory Board; 14 endowments for library collections and programs; growing number of estate planning commitments; as well as financial support for projects from the C-SPAN Education Foundation, the Council of Library and Information Resources, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Jamestowne Society (Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Chapter), the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He represents Mason in his area of responsibility externally, while serving or having recently served 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, along with the landmark state-wide Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA); and The Center for Research Libraries - Network for Global Information.
Mr. Zenelis’ broader professional activity encompasses service as external reviewer at several colleges and universities for library and academic information technology services, external expert for the Ministry of Education of Greece, and teaching at the graduate level in library and information science. Mr. Zenelis has a range of academic and professional publications to his credit, and has made presentations at various professional conferences and organizations.
His 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.