Longtime Mason employee named dean of admissions

After a six month long search process, Provost Peter Stearns hired George Mason University Associate Dean of Admissions Amy Takayama-Perez, to serve as the new dean of admissions. The announcement was made on Dec. 5.

“[The search process] entailed a very capable and conscientious search committee, several rounds of Skype-type interviews, and on-campus interviews,” wrote Wayne Sigler, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, in an email.

Mason retains interim vice president as permanent head of University Life

After a semester-long search and review process, George Mason University has decided to keep interim Vice President Rose Pascarell as the permanent head of University Life.

University Life is a division of the Mason administration that creates and manages programs that are meant to broaden the college experience outside of the classroom. Pascarell is replacing Sandy Scherrens, who had held the position for eight years.

Cabrera discusses vision and future of university with Mason community

As part of an ongoing conversation with the George Mason University community, President Ángel Cabrera is holding town hall sessions on all three campuses in hopes of developing a comprehensive vision for the university.

Over the past week Cabrera held a series of town hall meetings that were meant to spur discussion and allow community input into what a new Mason vision would look like.

Student government explores new decision making policies

On September 7, the Student Senate created a task force to find new ways of representing the student body in forming university policies.

“The Student Senate of George Mason University supports the exploration of a shared governance model that brings students, faculty, staff, and administrators to the decision making table,” read the resolution passed by the Student Senate.

Even though student government represents the student body, it has no power to implement its policies.

Among other administrator changes, Provost Stearns to step down in 2013

Provost Peter Stearns plans to step down from his role as senior academic administrator in the summer of 2013 and transition into full-time teaching with the history department. He is one of several key administrators whose positions will need to be filled within the next two years.