George Mason University

George Mason University (GMU)

Background

George Mason University (GMU) began as the Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia in 1957. In 1972 it had grown to the point where it officially separated from its parent institution. [1]

During the 1990s it became a “magnet for right-wing money.” From 1992 through 1994, twelve libertarian foundations invested a combined total of $8.55 million in various academic programs and institutes of George Mason University. This funding helped establish (and continues to support) the University's libertarian “study centers.” [2]

Koch Industries, apart from providing significant funding to GMU, also has personnel connected to the university. Richard Fink, the vice president of Koch Industries, Inc., and the former president of the Charles G. Koch Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, serves on the board of directors of the George Mason University Foundation and the Mercatus Center. 

Besides teaching at the university from 1980-1986, Fink has also served on a number of boards at the university including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Center for the Study of Public Choice, the Board of Visitors, and the Student Affairs Committee. [3]

Charles Koch himself is also a member of the Mercatus Center's Board of Directors. [4]

GMU Ties to Conservative Donors

Documents released in late April 2018 revealed George Mason University gave the Charles Koch Foundation a say in hiring decisions in exchange for donations, The Associated Press reported. [50]

The documents were released to former GMU student Samantha Parsons under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request after years of having similar requests denied. Parsons now works for the group UnKoch My Campus. [50]

GMU president Angel Cabrera said the agreements “fall short of the standards of academic independence I expect any gift to meet.” His admission came three days after a judge began looking into the university’s previous refusal to release documents. [50]

The released donor agreements shed light onto million-dollar deals where the Koch Foundation would endow a fund to pay the salary for professors at the Mercatus Center. As part of the agreement, two members of a five-member committee could be chosen by donors to select the professor for the position. View an example of such an agreement, via The Washington Post. [50][51]

The Charles Koch Institute released a statement claiming the agreements were “old and inactive”: [50]

These old grant agreements at George Mason University did not allow us to cause the university to hire certain professors, nor did they allow us to make decisions regarding the curricula or research that professors pursued,” the document, entitled “Our Giving Principles,” claimed. [50]

The revelations run counter to previous claims made by the University that Koch foundation grants did not influence academic freedom. For example, Cabrera had said in a 2014 blog post: “these rules are an essential part of our academic integrity. If these rules are not acceptable, we simply don’t accept the gift. Academic freedom is never for sale. Period.” [50]

While heavily redacted, the documents also reveal some details of a $10 million donation from the Koch Foundation and a $20 million donation from an anonymous donor that occurred in conjunction with GMU renaming its law school after Antonin Scalia. While the donor is not named, Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the conservative Federalist Society, is mentioned as a representative. [50]

Private donors have been provided influence over faculty affairs at our public university,” Bethany Letiecq, president of the American Association of University Professors at GMU, said. “This is a violation of the public trust.” [50]

Stance on Climate Change

George Mason University appears to have a conflicted view on climate change, depending on where you look. For example, Bruce Yandle, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University's Mercatus Center (housed within the George Mason University) implied there may be benefits to climate change (PDF) in a 2007 Mercatus Center presentation:  
“The assumptions do not lead us to conclude that we should venture forth and take costly action to reduce emissions. […] There is a matter of benefits and costs. Is it possible that global climate change is on balance helpful to human populations and the environment? And if not, is it possible that other actions we might take could be more beneficial to human populations and the environment than acting to reduce carbon emissions?” 
[45]

Here's another example, in a 2001 “Public Interest Comment” (PDF) released by the Mercatus Center opposing EPA regulations:

“The evidence regarding global warming and human contribution to it is mixed, and as forecasts of anthropogenic warming get more refined, they predict less extreme warming.” [5]

However, a statement from George Mason University's “Centre for Climate Change Communication” suggests that the evidence for man-made climate change is definitive:  
“Climate change is the result of human actions and choices. Limiting climate change – and protecting people and ecosystems to the degree possible from unavoidable changes in the climate – will require significant public engagement in the issue so that difficult decisions can be made by members of the public and policy makers. Our center was created to conduct unbiased social science research that will facilitate such public engagement.” [46] 

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

GMU's Mercatus Center has consistenlty lobbied against greenhouse gas emission policy, and is largely funded by oil companies and by Koch Industries. 

Charles Koch the CEO of Koch Industries sits on the Board of Directors of the Mercatus Center, as well as Richard Fink, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. [48]

George Mason University vs. George Mason University Foundation

According to correspondence with George Mason University (emphasis added):

“All philanthropic gifts are processed through the George Mason University Foundation, which is the non-profit arm of the university proper. This allows for the university and the donor to both see the greatest benefit from gifts, including tax deductibility (with some exclusions). There are some exceptions, such as contributions that support sponsored research, which would be handled by a designated office on the university side.

The Foundation only accepts gifts which are completely philanthropic — 'no strings attached.' For example, someone creating a scholarship and making a fully tax-deductible gift can have no say in which students receive the awards. The same thing is true for gifts in kind, such as books for the library or donated artwork; donors give up their full rights of ownership and control over that property in order for it to qualify as a tax-deductible gift. Any contribution that has any sort of 'quid pro quo' requirements or allows for the giver to direct the expenditure or use of their donation does not qualify for the tax deduction and will be handled by the appropriate university office. The size of the gift doesn’t matter; it’s the intent that IRS regulations address.”
References to the “designated office” would likely refer to donations going George Mason University as opposed to the Foundation, however these distinctions are not always clear in available 990 tax forms.

George Mason University Foundation 990 Forms

Koch Funding

Since 1985, George Mason University (GMU), and its associated institutes and centers, has received more funding from the Koch Family Charitable Foundations than any other organization.

Data below has been collected from data available in the Conservative Transparency database combined with original research from publicly available tax records. Subtotals are highlighted.

Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation David H. Koch Charitable Foundation Grand Total
George Mason University  $14,230,955 $2,303,968 $1,700,000 $18,234,923
1986 $87,200 $250,000 $337,200
1987 $8,308 $72,825 $370,000 $451,133
1988 $5,000 $59,850 $395,000 $459,850
1989 $186,400 $385,000 $571,400
1990 $196,800 $196,800
1991 $9,300 $68,300 $77,600
1992 $331,000 $64,660 $395,660
1993 $172,597 $429,333 $601,930
1995 $630,000 $50,000 $680,000
1996 $430,600 $1,000,000 $50,000 $1,480,600
1997 $3,146,000 $325,000 $50,000 $3,521,000
1998 $2,030,000 $2,030,000
1999 $2,080,000 $50,000 $2,130,000
2000 $2,080,000 $100,000 $2,180,000
2001 $3,030,250 $3,030,250
2008 $91,500 $91,500
George Mason University Foundation $62,380,954 $40,000 $62,420,954
2002 $952,000 $952,000
2003 $1,943,400 $1,943,400
2004 $777,500 $777,500
2005 $1,102,500 $1,102,500
2006 $350,000 $350,000
2007 $408,000 $408,000
2008 $2,781,500 $2,781,500
2009 $4,998,800 $40,000 $5,038,800
2010 $3,667,144 $3,667,144
2011 $4,407,548 $4,407,548
2012 $5,455,000 $5,455,000
2013 $10,437,000 $10,437,000
2014 $11,831,161 $11,831,161
2015 $3,269,401 $3,269,401
Grand Total $76,611,909 $2,343,968 $1,700,000 $80,655,877


George Mason University Funding

View the attached .xls file for complete funding for the George Mason University, George Mason University Foundation, and related departments. Records are based on a combination of Conservative Transparency records and original 990 form research by DeSmog.

* Note that not all funding records were available for verification by DeSmogBlog.

Donor Total
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $66,611,909
Donors Capital Fund $13,170,000
Searle Freedom Trust $7,127,759
Sarah Scaife Foundation $6,686,000
John M. Olin Foundation $4,965,471
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $3,261,900
Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation $3,132,000
DonorsTrust $2,539,832
Earhart Foundation $2,474,380
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $2,343,968
David H. Koch Charitable Foundation $1,700,000
The Carthage Foundation $1,015,000
Smith Richardson Foundation $676,543
Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking $520,000
Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation $515,000
Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation $490,000
Exxon Mobil $480,000
Castle Rock Foundation $285,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $273,359
Armstrong Foundation $207,966
Thomas W Smith Foundation $200,000
The Randolph Foundation $165,000
American Petroleum Institute $160,000
John Templeton Foundation $153,209
Philip M. McKenna Foundation $121,000
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation $87,000
The Whitcomb Charitable Foundation $58,000
American Chemistry Council $50,000
William H. Donner Foundation $47,500
Charles and Ann Johnson Foundation $45,000
The Roe Foundation $42,500
The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation $40,000
Aequus Institute $35,500
Institute for Humane Studies $30,500
JM Foundation $29,000
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation $26,000
Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust $25,000
Gilder Foundation $22,500
CIGNA Foundation $20,000
Bochnowski Family Foundation $15,000
Diana Davis Spencer Foundation $15,000
Walton Family Foundation $10,100
Neal and Jane Freeman Foundation $10,000
Brady Education Foundatoin $10,000
Deramus Foundation $10,000
The Rodney Fund $6,000
Grand Total $119,909,896

GMU Departments & Programs

Public 990 tax forms listed a range of grants related to George Mason University. Here is a list of the departments and related foundations mentioned in records for GMU:

Center for the Study of Public Choice

According to tax records, the address for the Center for the Study of Public Choice is:

“George Mason University, 4400 University Drive Fairfax VA 22030”

The GMU Website describes the Center for Study of Public Choice as “a unique research institution at George Mason University, provides a single location where eminent scholars conduct innovative research, publish their findings and conclusions in a variety of print and electronic media, and teach the science of public choice.” [6]

Led by Dr. Alex Tabarrok, the Center “builds on the groundbreaking economic and political science theories for which Buchanan was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics.”
“The Center serves as the institutional home for the Public Choice Research Program, which has developed and matured over the past half-century. Created in 1957 at the University of Virginia , the Center was initially called the Thomas Jefferson Center for Studies in Political Economy. In 1969, the Center was reconstituted at Virginia Tech under its present name. In 1983, the Center shifted its operations to George Mason University. The Center's alumni include 148 doctoral students from George Mason, 113 from Virginia Tech, and 109 from the University of Virginia . From its historical association with three of Virginia 's major universities, the Center's academic footprint is often dubbed the 'Virginia School of Political Economy'.”

WLF Economic Freedom Clinic

The Economic Freedom Clinic is a project of the Washington Legal Foundation, and housed inside the George Mason University School of Law. [7]

According to ExxonSecrets, WLF has been holding the Economic Freedom Clinic at George Mason University since 1999.  [8]

George Mason Environmental Law Clinic

According to their website, “The Free Market Environmental Law Clinic’s purpose is to make lawyers and make (case) law. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable institution working alongside the George Mason University School of Law and other law schools.”

It is registered with a separate EIN (45-1602963) and lists the following address on their website: [9]

The Free Market Environmental Law Clinic
9033 Brook Ford Road
Burke, VA 22015

George Mason University Department of Economics

The GMU Economics Department has developed a particular approach to economics, which they have dubbed Masonomics. According to their website, “Masonomics trusts that the presence of liberty and basic human rights will enable people to create a political-economic system characterized by economic growth, stability and rule-of-law. [10]

George Mason University Econ Journal Watch

According to the Econ Journal Watch (EJW) website, “EJW legally exists within the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. ISSN: 1933-527X.” 

EJW watches the journals for inappropriate assumptions, weak chains of argument, phony claims of relevance, omissions of pertinent truths, and irreplicability (EJW also publishes replications)”

At least one 990 tax form (Atlas Economic Research Foundation, 2008) identifies it as the “George Mason University Econ Journal Watch” with the EIN of 94-2763845 (This EIN is registered to the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.) Many of the contacts including Editors, Co-Editors, and Advisory Council members for the EJW are located at George Mason University. [11]

George Mason University ICES

The George Mason University Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES) is housed inside the George Mason University Department of Economics. ICES was founded by Dr. Vernon L. Smith and “brings together faculty from economics, law, computational science, neuroscience and engineering.” [12]

Vernon L. Smith is a past Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University (2001 - 2008), and has affiliations with a number of right-wing think tanks. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Mercatus Center. He has been an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), and past president of the Association for Private Enterprise Education. [13]

George Mason University Institute on Political Journalism

The Institute on Political Journalism is a program sponsored by the Fund for American Studies and hosted at the George Mason University Arlington campus. The program is focused on the study of free-market principles as they apply to journalism and communications. The program description is below: [14]

When you picture your future, do you see yourself covering the campaign trail, reporting on current events or developing a strategic marketing plan for a corporate client? If so, the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) is the program for you. Employers are looking for recent graduates with experience, and the best way to stand out after graduation is to complete an internship and make connections now.

With IPJ, you are guaranteed an internship with a newspaper, online publication, public relations firm, television, or radio station. In the classroom, you’ll study free-market principles and the importance of a free, fair and accurate press.”

George Mason University Law and Economics Center

The George Mason University Law & Economics Center was formed in 1974 with the mission to “be a nexus for academic research and education that focuses on the timely and relevant economic analysis of legal and public policy issues confronting policy makers worldwide.”

According to their website, the Center's vision is “hat if policymakers understand economics, they will be more likely to make sound decisions that support the rule of law and the free enterprise system, thus advancing innovation, job creation, and economic growth.” [15]

Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets reports that the George Mason University Law and Economics Center received at least $385,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. [22]

George Mason University School of Public Policy Research

The George Mason University School of Public Policy (SPP) started in 1990 as an institute inside the George Mason University, and expanded to became a separate school in July of 2000. 

According to one description, “The unparalleled quality of the teaching team appeals to more than just exceptional students. It also encourages substantial financial support from major corporate partners and policymakers in all levels of private and public organizations, in the form of grants, contracts and direct contributions. The School is committed to finding new ways to direct these resources back into the community, applying the theories and research developed in the classroom to help make a better world.” [16]

International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics

The International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) is a 501(c)(3) public foundation established in 1997 by Dr. Vernon L. Smith to support research and education in experimental economics. The group's mission statement is “To advance the understanding of exchange systems and the testing and application of market-based institutions.” [17]

While it maintains a separate EIN (86-0879713), publicly available tax records have listed IFREE with a shared an address at George Mason University (and, in some cases, the Mercatus Center). For example, according to a 2001 990-PF form of the Earhart Foundation, IFREE's address was the following:

IFREE at Mercatus Center
George Mason University
3301 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 450

According to their website, IFREE is currently located at 2122 E. Camino El Ganado, Tucson, AZ 85718. [17]

IFREE's Board of Directors has a number of connections to GMU including Tyloer Cowen (General Director, The Mercatus Center and Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University), Kevin A. McCabe (Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University), and Bart Wilson (Department of Economics, George Mason University). [18]

Since 2011, the Center for the study of Neuroeconomics at George Mason University has hosted IFREE-sponsored workshops at their Arlington campus. [19]

James M Buchanan Center for Political Economy

The James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy no longer appears listed on the GMU website, however it is archived on the web as of 2009 where it is described as “an education and research organization at George Mason university emphasizing the interdisciplinary study of economics, law, and the humanities.” The Center was named in honor of its Advisory General Director, Dr. James M. Buchanan. [20]

James M. Buchanan was the director of the Center for Public Choice until his death in 2013. According to an article in The New Yorker, the Mercatus Center merged with the Center for Public Choice in 1998 to become the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy.  [21]

Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank located at George Mason University.  It is a sister organization to the Institute for Humane Studies. The Mercatus Center was originally founded at Rutgers University by Richard Fink in the late 1970s, under the name the Center for Market Processes.  [24]

The Mercatus Center was formed in the mid-eighties with an influx of funding from Koch Industries, which still finances the center today. Charles Koch and Richard Fink serve on its board of directors. In 1999, the organization was renamed the Mercatus Center and promoted itself as “the world's premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.” [21]

The Mercatus Center believes that a gap exists between economic understanding and real-world decision and policy making. Its mission is to bridge that gap and to provide policy makers with the economic tools to make sense of today’s most pressing issues.” [25]

The Wall Street Journal has called the Mercatus Center “the most important think tank you’ve never heard of,” and SourceWatch identifies the Mercatus Center as “one of the best-funded think tanks in the United States.” [26], [31]

Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets reports that the Mercatus Center at George Mason University received $330,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998[23]

Institute for Humane Studies

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) was founded by F.A. Harper in 1961 and has been associated with George Mason University since 1985.  [27]

The mission of the IHS is “to support the achievement of a free society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars and other intellectuals who share a commitment to liberty and who demonstrate the potential to change significantly the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to the principles and practices of freedom.” [27]

According to SourceWatch, the IHS acts as “a libertarian talent scout, identifying, developing, and supporting the brightest young libertarians it can find who are intent on a leveraged scholarly, or intellectual, career path.” In addition to the funding it receives from the Koch Family Foundations, the Institute for Humane Studies also receives donations from conservative foundations such as the Carthage Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. [28]

George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

The George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications describes its mission as to “conduct unbiased public engagement research - and to help government agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies apply the results of this research - so that collectively, we can stabilize our planet's life sustaining climate.” [42]

The Center has published a range of reports on Climate Change. Below is a list of the team (as of September, 2015) at the GMU Center for Climate Change Communication. [43]

Director
  • Edward Maibach
Mason Faculty Researchers
  • Katherine Rowan
  • Robert Lichter — (Of note: Authored an article for STATS finding Climate Scientists “Disagree on Dangers” of climate change. [44])
  • Susan Crate
  • Timothy Gibson
  • Xiaoquan Zhao
  • Andrew Light
  • Chris Clarke
  • Chris Kennedy
  • Connie Roser-Renouf
  • Emily Vraga
  • Enrico Wensing
  • Karen Akerlof
  • Katherine Price
  • Marybeth Montoro
  • Mona Sarfaty
  • Teresa Myers
Affiliate Researchers
  • Do Kyun Kim
  • Erik C. Nisbet
  • Jagadish Thaker
  • Lauren Feldman
  • Matthew Nisbet
  • Melinda Weathers
  • Sol Hart
  • Stephen J. Farnsworth
  • Anthony Leiserowitz
  • Ashley Anderson
  • Brittany Bloodhart
  • Ding Ding
  • Hilary Schaffer Boudet
  • Post-Doctoral Researchers
  • Bob Drost
Mason Doctoral Students
  • Justin Rolfe-Redding
  • Jenell Walsh-Thomas
  • John Kotcher
  • Neil Stenhouse
  • Raphael Mazzone

Key People

Leadership

Name Year     Description
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12[32] 13 14 15[29] 16 17 18
Linda Harber Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll, and Chief Human Resources
Mark Ginsberg Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Paul Liberty Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Zofia Burr Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Dean, Honors College
Ángel Cabrera Y Y Y Y Y Y University President
Frank Neville Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief of Staff, Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Kenneth Ball Y Y Y Y Y Y Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering
Rose Pascarell Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Life
Janet Bingham Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Advancement and Alumni Relations
Kevin Avruch Y Y Y Y Y Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Mark Rozell Y Y Y Y Y Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government
Peggy Agouris Y Y Y Y Y Dean, College of Science
Rick Davis Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Henry Butler Y Y Y Y Dean, Antonin Scalia Law School
Julian R. Williams Y Y Y Y Vice President, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics
S. David Wu Y Y Y Y Provost and Executive Vice President
Sharon Cullen Y Y Y Y Director, Presidential Administration
Michelle Marks Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures
Jennifer (J. J.) Davis Y Y Y Y Y Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
John G. Zenelis Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y University Librarian and Dean of Libraries
Brad Edwards Y Y Y Assistant Vice President, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Deborah Crawford Y Y Y Vice President for Research
Steven K. Lee Y Y Y President, Mason Korea
Kimberly Eby Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs and Development
Julie Zobel Y Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President for Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management
Cody W. Edwards Y Y Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Marilyn Smith Y Y Vice President of Information Technology, CIO
Pam Patterson Y Y Associate Vice President, University Life
Bethany M. Usher Y Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Brian Walther Y University Counsel
Carl Rowan, Jr. Y Chief of Police
Christopher J. Maier Y Chair, Staff Senate
David B. Moore Y Assistant Vice President & Chief Budget Officer
David Burge Y Vice President, Enrollment Management
Edward Dittmeier Y University Auditor
Frank Strike Y Vice President, Facilities
Germaine Louis Y Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Janette Kenner Muir Y Associate Provost, Academic Initiatives and Services
Keith Renshaw Y Faculty Representative
Lisa Kemp Y Associate Vice President and Controller, Fiscal Services
Marc Fournier Y Assistant Vice President of Business Services for Auxiliary Enterprises
Mark Smith Y Executive Director, State Government Relations
Maury Peiperl Y Dean, School of Business
Robert Matz Y Interim Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sean Mallon Y Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Thomas R. Prohaska Y Y Y Y Y Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Deborah Boehm-Davis Y Y Y Y Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Anne Magro Y Y Interim Dean, School of Business
Mason Songdo Y Y Campus Leadership
Renell Wynn Y Y Y Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Sarah Nutter Y Y Dean, School of Business
Steven L. Lee Y President, Mason Korea
Elizabeth Brock Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Vice President and Controller, Fiscal Services
Peter N. Stearns Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Provost and University Professor
Thomas O’Connor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
William Reeder Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y College of Visual and Performing Arts
Daniel Polsby Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y School of Law
James Olds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Thomas Calhoun Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President for Facilities
Thomas Moncure Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y University Counsel
Vikas Chandhoke Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Karen Gentemann Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, Institutional Effectiveness
Kris Smith Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, Institutional Research & Reporting
Corey Jackson Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Compliance, Diversity and Ethics
Goodlett McDaniel Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, Distance Education
Anne Schiller Y Y Y Y Vice President, Global Strategies
Gregg Toney Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President, Auxiliary Enterprises
Guilbert Brown Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President, Budget & Planning and Chief Budget Officer
Kathleen Johnson Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President, Regional Campuses
Kenneth Hubble Y Y Y Y Internal Audit & Management Services
Yehuda Lukacs Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, International Programs
Claudia Rector Y Y Y Y Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs
Renate Guilford Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, Enrollment Planning & Administration
Janette Muir Y Y Faculty Committee Representative
Matthew Zingraff Y Y (Interim) President and Provost
Mike Laskofski Y Y Associate Vice President, Research Operations
Wayne Sigler Y Y Vice President, Enrollment Management
Annie Hunt Burriss Y Chief Executive Officer, Prince William Campus
Eric Heath Y Chief of Police
Jana Hurley Y Assistant Vice President, University Life
Patricia Carretta Y Assistant Vice President, University Life
Joy Hughes Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Information Technology
Jack Censer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Andrea Bartoli Y Y Y Y Y School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Jorge Haddock Y Y Y Y Y School of Management
Edward Rhodes Y Y Y School of Public Policy
Drew Tracy Y Interim Chief of Police
James L. Laychak Y Development and Alumni Affairs, Interim Co-Manager
Laura Gleason Y Development and Alumni Affairs, Interim Co-Manager
Alan G. Merten Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y President
J. Thomas Hennessey, Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief of Staff
Linda A. Schwartzstein Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Enrollment Services and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Lloyd Griffiths Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Volgeneau School of Engineering
Maurice W. Scherrens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Senior Vice President
Michael Lynch Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief of Police
Shirley S. Travis Y Y Y Y Y Y Y College of Health and Human Services
Jennifer Murphy Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost, Research & Economic Development
Marc Broderick Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Development and Alumni Affairs
Betty Jolly Y Y Y Y Director, State Government Relations Betty Jolly
Roger Stough Y Y Y Y Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Sandra Scherrens Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Life
Christine LaPaille Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Relations
Andrew Flagel Y Y Y Y Y Y President's Council
Thomas G. Calhoun Y Y Y Y Y President's Council
Thomas M. Moncure, Jr. Y Y Y Y Y President's Council
Peter Pober Y Y Y Faculty Committee Representative
Maurice William Scherrens Y President's Council
Donna Kidd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Vice President for Budget and Planning
Kingsley Haynes Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y School of Public Policy
Lawrence D. Czarda Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President Regional Campuses
Maurice (Morrie) William Scherrens Y Y Y Y Y President's Council
Martin Ford Y Y Y Y Acting Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Ann Schiller Y Associate Provost, International Projects
Stanley E. Taylor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President Metropolitan Relations
Richard J. Klimoski Y Y Y Y Y Y Y School of Management
Jeffrey Gorrell Y Y Y Y Y Y College of Education and Human Development
Menas Kafatos Y Y Y Y Y Y President's Council
Sara Cobb Y Y Y Y Y Y Director, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Camille Hazeur Y Y Y Y Y Assistant to the President/Director, University Equity and Diversity Services
John Spaldo Y Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President for Operations
Sandra Hubler Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Life
J. Thomas Calhoun Y Y Y President's Council
Matt Kluger Y Y Y Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Suzanne Slayden Y Y Faculty Representative
Anasari Zaid Adib Y Acting Vice President for Ras al Khamah
David W. Rossell Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Associate Provost for Personnel and Budget
James A. Stampp Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director of Capital Finance
Judith Jobbitt Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Development & Alumni Affairs
Keith Bushey Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Assistant Vice President and Chief Safety Officer
Judith Marshall Jobbitt Y Y President's Council
Marilyn Sanders Mobley Y Associate Provost for Educational Programs
Sharon Siverts Y Vice President for Ras al Khamah
Daniele Struppa Y Y Y Y Y Y College of Arts and Sciences
Marilyn Mobley-McKenzie Y Y Y Associate Provost for Educational Programs
David Kuebrich Y President's Council
Christopher T. Hill Y Y Y Y Y Vice Provost for Research
Jeffrey A. Brandwine Y Y Y Y Y Associate Vice President for University Counsel, Legal Affairs
Reid Herlihy Y Y Y Y Y Vice President for Facilities
Carlos Sluzki Y Y College of Nursing and Health Science
Helen J. Ackerman Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Relations
Karen Rosenblum Y Y Y Y Vice President, University Life
Mark F. Grady Y Y Y Y School of Law
Earl G. Ingram Y Y Y Vice President, University Equity Officer
H. Randall Edwards Y Y Y Executive Vice President
Julie Christensen Y Y Y Associate Provost for Educational Programs
Kenneth Bumgarner Y Y Y Associate Vice President for University Services
Sheryl Beach Y Y Y Associate Provost for General Education
Peggy J. Maddox Y College of Nursing and Health Science
Steve LaNasa Y Acting Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Linda Westphal Y Y Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Rita M. Carty Y Y College of Nursing and Health Science
Sandra Cheldelin Y Y School of Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
W. Murray Black Y Y School of Computational Sciences
Teresa Domzal Y School of Management

Board of Visitors

Name Year
98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11

12[33]

13 14 15[30] 16 17
David S. Anderson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Edward Douthett Y Y Y Y Y Y
Karen Alcalde Y Y Y Y Y Y
Kimberly O. Dennis Y Y Y Y Y
M. Siddique Sheikh Y Y Y Y Y
Robert F. Pence Y Y Y Y Y
Stuart Mendelsohn Y Y Y Y Y
James H. Finkelstein Y Y Y
John Jacquemin Y Y Y Y Y
Peter Pober Y Y Y Y Y Y
Anne Gruner Y Y Y Y
Charlene Douglas Y Y Y
Kelly McNamara Corley Y Y Y Y
Tom Davis Y Y Y Y
June Tangney Y Y Y Y Y
Alan Abramson Y Y Y
Claire Dwoskin Y Y Y
David Gallay Y Y Y
David Petersen Y Y Y
Jill Nelson Y Y Y
Jon Peterson Y Y Y
Justin Van Buren Y Y
Keith Renshaw Y Y Y
Khushboo Bhatia Y Y
Larry Kerschberg Y Y
Mahfuz Ahmed Y Y Y
Shawn Purvis Y Y Y
Stephen M. Cumbie Y Y Y
Tracy Schar Y Y Y
C. Daniel Clemente Y Y Y Y
Mark F. McGettrick Y Y Y Y
Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer Y Y Y Y
Anthony R. Jimenez Y Y Y
B.G. Beck Y Y Y
Reginald J. Brown Y Y Y
Steven P. Mullins Y Y Y
James W. Harvey Y Y
Robert F. Smith Y Y
Mark Houck Y Y Y Y Y
Estela Blaisten-Barojas Y
Jordan Foster Y
Katy McQuiston Y
Priscilla Regan Y
Kathleen M. deLaski Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Carol Kirby Y Y Y Y
Edward J. Newberry Y Y Y Y
Alexander Williams Y Y
Gerald Hanweck Y Y
Martin Perlin Y Y
Michael Nickens Y Y
Faye S. Taxman Y
Steven Harris-Scott Y
Steven Scott Y
John Knox Singleton Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Ernst Volgenau Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Charlie H. Mills, III Y Y Y Y Y Y
Janette Muir Y Y Y Y
Richard Coffinberger Y Y Y Y
Terri Cofer Beirne Y Y Y Y
Toni-Michele Travis Y Y Y Y
Lovey L. Hammel Y Y Y
Phillip Buchanan Y Y Y
Vincent F. Callahan Y Y Y
Mark C. Lowham Y Y
Danielle Miller Y
David Arditi Y
David-Imad Ramadan Y
R. Carter Pate Y
Denny Garcia Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Long Nguyen Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
William Soza Y Y Y Y Y Y
Anne K. Altman Y Y Y Y
Glenn C. Lewis Y Y Y Y
C. Gibson Dunn Y Y Y
David Lieu Y
Gleason Rowe Y
Sudhakar Shenoy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Byron F. Marchant Y Y Y Y Y Y
D. Jean Wu Y Y Y Y
James Bennett Y Y
Suzanne Slayden Y Y
Aline Sandouk Y
Audit Committee Y
Deidra Bailey Y
Carol Merchant Kirby Y Y Y Y
Harry F. Hopper, III Y Y Y Y
Bryan Painter Y
Gopal Krishnan Y
Kate Pisano Y
William Page Johnson, II Y Y Y Y
Anouck McCall Y
Lindsay M. Straley Y
Leonard Pomata Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sidney O. Dewberry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Katherine Clark Y Y
Nicholas Hamilton-Archer Y
Nishant Kolaskar Y
Richard Fink Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Gary Shapiro Y Y Y Y
Bernard Tomsa Y
Cailan Nichols Y
Edwin J. Feulner, Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Edwin Meese III Y Y Y Y Y
Dorothy Gray Y Y Y Y
Mel Chaskin Y Y Y Y
Teresa Klaassen Y Y
Deepa Menon Y
Jessica Tiahrt Y
W. Scott McGeary Y Y Y Y Y Y
John Herrity Y Y Y Y
Manuel H. Johnson Y Y Y Y
Brendan McMurrer Y Y
Saweda Bright Y Y
James Hazel Y Y Y Y Y Y
James C. Miller III Y Y Y Y
Robert Scott LaRose Y Y Y Y
Horace Cooper Y Y Y Y
William Kristol Y Y Y Y
Sarah Streett Y Y
Daniel Harvey Y
Robert W. Lauterberg Y
David N. Olson Y Y Y
Joann Pasquale DiGennaro Y Y Y
Robert T. Lauterberg Y Y
Gerard Stegmaier Y
Adam J. Sutton Y Y
Edwin Meese, III Y Y
Janice S. Golec Y Y
M. Constance Bedell Y Y
Marvin R. Murray Y Y
Richard Kelsey Y
Alam E. Hammad Y
Lawrence Brown, Jr. Y
Michele McQuigg Y
Paula J. Dobriansky Y
Ronald A. Robinson Y
Bijan Jabbari Y
Bob Witeck Y
Christian Suero Y
Emanuel F Petricoin Y
Lisa Zuccari Y
Nathan Pittman Y
Paul Houser Y
Wendy Marquez Y

George Mason University Foundation

According to the GMU Foundation's most recent 990 form (2014):

  • Terri C Beirne —  Trustee
  • Robert E Buchanan  — Trustee
  • Antonio J Calabrese — Trustee
  • W Jeffrey Carlton — Trustee
  • Kendal E Carson — Trustee
  • Dennis J Cotter — Trustee
  • Dorothy S Gray — Trustee
  • R Paul Gray — Trustee
  • James W Hazel — Chair
  • Najaf S Husain — Trustee
  • Jeffery M Johnson — Treasurer
  • Janet Bing ham — Trustee/President
  • Mahfuz Ahmed — Trustee
  • Kay W Lewis — Trustee
  • Gene L Frogale — Trustee
  • James A Meriwether — Trustee
  • Tim H Meyers — Immediate Past Chair
  • John R Muha II — Trustee
  • J D Myers II — Trustee
  • Louise C Nelson —  Trustee
  • John T Niehoff — Trustee
  • Dolly C Oberoi — Trustee
  • Joseph J O'Brien — Trustee
  • Dale B Peck — Trustee
  • John Paul Phaup — Trustee
  • Benjamin H Graham —  Trustee
  • William l Ridenour — Secretary
  • Donna P Shafer — Trustee
  • Samuel R Strickland — Trustee
  • Michael R Waple — Trustee
  • Thomas G Woolston —  Trustee
  • Amir Hudda — Trustee
  • M Yaqub Mirza — Trustee
  • George C Newstrom — Vice Chair
  • John D Fa — Trustee/ Director of Real Estate
  • Angel Cabrera — Trustee
  • David A Roe — Trustee/Chief Op Officer
  • Kenneth S Ball — Trustee
  • Deborah Boehm-Davis — Trustee
  • Jeffrey A Smith — Trustee
  • Michael P Toth —Trustee
  • Russel L Ray Jr — Trustee
  • C Daniel Clemente — Trustee
  • Mary Van Leunen — Controller 

Other People

According to SourceWatch, the following individuals are also associated with the university. Also see DeSmogBlog's Mercatus Center profile for more information. [34]

Actions

March, 2016

The George Mason University School of Law renamed itself after Justice Anotnin ScaliaThe new full name of the Arlington, Va., school will be the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, reports the Wall Steet Journal. [47]

The Wall Street Journal also reports that George Mason University's name change was announced along with two donations totaling $30 million, inluding a $10 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation[47]

February, 2012

Edward Wegman, a statistics professor at George Mason University has been under investigation by GMU for numerous issues regarding his published Wegman Report including potential plagiarism. (See FOIA Facts Series below).

The first charges were laid by University of Massachusetts professor Raymond Bradley who filed a complaint against Wegman in 2010, noting that portions of the report and the CSDA study appeared lifted from one of his textbooks and Wikipedia.

A report by John Mashey found Wegman's report to be guilty of falsifications, misrepresentation and fabrications that could give rise to a charge of academic misconduct. When Wegman tried to publish the report in the peer-reviewed journal of Computational Data and Statistics Analysis (CSDA), it was rejected due to possible plagiarism from Wikipedia and textbooks. [39]

George Mason University was criticized by Nature for its slow review process, but after 2 years has released their verdict. [40]

Provost Peter Stearns said that one investigation committee unanimously found that “no misconduct was involved” in the 2006 Congressional report. “Extensive paraphrasing of another work did occur, in a background section, but the work was repeatedly referenced and the committee found that the paraphrasing did not constitute misconduct,” he said in the statement. [41]

George Mason University Contact & Location

As of June 2016, George Mason University listed the following contact information on its website: [49]

George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-993-1000

DeSmogBlog Reporting on George Mason University

FOIA Facts Series:

View John Mashey's complete May, 2013 report (Updated) — “FOIA Facts: Ed Wegman, Yasmin Said, George Mason University,” or view individual reporting below.

Other Reporting

Resources

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