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.

John G. Milliken

Senior Fellow in Residence,  Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Former Partner at Venable LLP and Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

Center for Regional Analysis

The Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) mission is to provide research and technical assistance to local government and businesses, primarily located in the Washington DC Metro region. These efforts focus on economic, demographic, transportation, housing and fiscal issues.

The Center, on the basis of earlier work on technology in the region for the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, undertook the development of a technology database for the National Capital region under contract to the Greater Washington Board of Trade in the summer of 1994. This project for the first time provides an objectively defined estimate of the scale of the technology sector in the Washington DC region. The study demonstrated that technology accounts for a major proportion of the region’s economy and is focused on advanced technology services such as systems integration, information technology, telecommunication and biotechnology.

Terry Clower

Northern Virginia Chair and University Professor
Director, Center for Regional Analysis, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia

Areas of Research include: Economic Development, Economic Policy, Quantitative Methods, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Regional Economic Performance, Economic Forecasting, and Economic and Fiscal Impacts

Kelley Coyner

Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Analysis, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

 

As Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Ms. Coyner secured millions of dollars of funding for the region’s transportation system and built the technical strength of NVTC through innovative partnerships with the region’s research community.

Prior to joining NVTC as Executive Director she served as Chief of Staff to the National Capital Region’s Senior Policy Group on homeland security and emergency management where she led the region’s cities and counties and 500 subject matter experts through an overhaul of its strategic plan that guides management and selection of homeland security and emergency management grants.

Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

The Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy (TP3 Policy Center) mission is to advance research, education and public service in the understanding of public-private partnership policy in the transportation sector.

U.S. transportation funding, financing and program delivery are changing rapidly and the Center exists to support sound policy research and education in response to a host of evolving critical transportation infrastructure needs.

Our fundamental objectives are to supply case studies, graduate and executive education, and research that advance sound policy. Well-informed elected officials, agency personnel, and community leaders are particularly critical when needs are multiplying and budgets are not. The Center, located three miles from the U.S. Capitol in Arlington, Virginia, is able to bring together commercial, government and legislative stakeholders with academics and graduate students to accelerate transportation solutions.

Jonathan L. Gifford

Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University
Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

Professor Gifford’s book Flexible Urban Transportation (Pergamon 2003) examines policies to improve the flexibility of urban transportation systems.

He has also studied the role of standards in the development and adoption of technology, particularly technological cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries through coalitions and consortia. A case in point is the E-ZPass highway toll tag, now adopted by millions of households in the U.S. Mandatory standards setting processes, which are more common in Europe and Asia, have met with less successful adoption and serious implementation problems.

Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, MA

The master’s degree program will train you in the advanced theory, policy, law, research, and practices required to effectively and efficiently supply and operate transportation facilities and services.

Effective transportation policy strengthens communities and global competitiveness. You will learn to think critically and analytically about the challenges and opportunities in the transportation field, and to communicate your analysis clearly through written and oral presentations.

Graduates of the TPOL program hold influential positions at all levels of government, and in the transportation and consulting industries.

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