Schar School of Policy and Government

The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good.

We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  These graduates apply the knowledge and skills gained in our classrooms at some of the most prestigious companies, consulting firms, nonprofits, multinational organizations, and government agencies in Washington, DC, and beyond.

Decision-makers and the public use our faculty’s research to both understand and develop policy in a variety of areas.  In addition, we are committed to public service in our professions and in regional, national, and global communities.

Mark J. Rozell

Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy

Mark J. Rozell is the author of nine books and editor of twenty books on various topics in U.S. government and politics including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections.

He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Dean Rozell writes frequent op-ed columns in such publications as the Washington Post, Baltimore SunNew York Daily News, and Politico. He is often asked to comment about his areas of expertise for print and broadcast media.

Volgenau School of Engineering

The Volgenau School of Engineering  is a large, multidisciplinary school maintains a dual pre-eminence in both information technology and engineering.

The Volgenau School of Engineering was founded in 1985 as George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering.

Through teaching, research, and practice, Mason Engineering seeks to graduate students who will take initiative, step up, and leave the planet better than they found it.

Kenneth Ball

Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Kenneth Ball was appointed Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012.

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.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is much more than a collection of classrooms; it's a community of artists in art, dance, music, theater, arts management, film and video studies, and computer game design.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts embraces a vibrant community of artists actively learning, teaching, practicing and creating a wide variety of art forms. Through our seven academic programs, two performing arts centers, and a community arts school, we educate the artists of tomorrow and inspire people of all ages to engage in the arts as creators, consumers, and citizens.

At Mason, you’ll be supported and encouraged while following your own individual artistic path. Your talent is your own. Let us help you build your skills to reach your full potential.

Rick Davis

Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University
Professor, School of Theater
Executive Director, Hylton Performing Arts Center,

Davis, who has been working with the university since 1992, oversees seven academic programs and two performing arts centers.

“I have worked on both academic, and non-academic fronts…I’ve had about five different [roles] at the University. The first was running our theater company, and chairing the theater department. And then I became interim director of the Institute of the Arts, which is a predecessor to the college that we now have. Then artistic director for our Center of the Arts in Fairfax, and then Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and then I came to the Hylton [Performing Arts] Center in 2011,” said Davis. (From PotomacLocal.com)

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