C2M Administration Reporter Hannah Menchhoff

University officials hold plans for Tysons expansion

For the past year or so, the George Mason University administration has discussed the possibility of expanding the regional campuses to include Tysons.

“[Fairfax County] reached out to George Mason University to have a presence in Tysons [Corner] in the future, so we did a lot of planning and evaluating the feasibility of building classrooms and establishing a physical site,” said Kathleen Q. Johnson, assistant vice president for regional campuses.   

New vice president of finance and administration chosen

On Friday, January 4, President Ángel Cabrera announced Jennifer Davis as the new senior vice president for finance and administration at George Mason University.

Mason leaders share their New Year's resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions: What are your Mason related New Year’s Resolutions?

Ángel Cabrera, President



Peter Stearns, Provost

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.

Board of Visitors creates new committee to promote research

The Board of Visitors research committee met for the first time on Nov. 8 as an integral part of the 2014 strategic plan for George Mason University.

“This committee was established because of BOV interests in promoting research, though several Mason administrators actively cooperated. The goal certainly is to highlight the importance of research and work to expand it,” Provost Peter Stearns said  in an email.

The notes provided for the upcoming BOV meeting on Dec. 5 stated that increased research is important in building on Mason’s reputation.

University Life to be more integrated with academic affairs

After a decision by George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera, University Life will now report to the provost of the university, instead of the president’s office.

Provost Stearns discusses raises in tuition costs

In a recent blog post, Provost Peter Stearns explained the reason for increases in tuition at George Mason University.

After a friend of the university mentioned to him that rising tuition costs could be a result of the school’s fiscal irresponsibility, Stearns researched the issue to check the validity of these claims.

Mason students and professors speculate on back-to-back Obama rallies

In the final month of the 2012 election, President Barack Obama held two campaign rallies within a two-week period at George Mason University. Obama has visited Mason a total of six times since first announcing his campaign for president in 2007. As the election season comes to a close, Mason students and professors speculate on Obama’s northern Virginia campaign strategy.

Mason to take over environmental research institute

The newest innovation at George Mason University is the establishment of a new research institute, the Institute of Global Environment and Society.

The institute, approved by Mason’s Board of Visitors at their Oct. 3 meeting, will be directed by Dr. Jagadish Shukla.

Applications being accepted for Patriot Leaders, Resident Advisors and Peer Advisors

Patriot Leader: greenpolo.gmu.edu

Patriot Leaders help new students and their families learn and familiarize themselves with life at George Mason University. Their primary duty is to work with orientation programming during summer break, in which they help run orientation. Patriot Leaders must also be available to help with Family Programming, Fall Retention Programming, and Welcome Week programming. Applicants can apply online at Patriot Leader website.