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George Mason University is seeking a new Provost and Executive Vice President to help lead our dynamic and growing university as we embark on a new era under the presidency of Ángel Cabrera. Mason is Virginia’s largest and most diverse university, with significant strengths across a range of academic disciplines, and is located in the heart of Northern Virginia, home to many of the most innovative companies in our state.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced academic leader with a vision for how a university like ours can prosper in an increasingly complex and challenging educational environment, who values our diversity, who is comfortable in a globally focused institution that also is strongly rooted in its local community, who has a demonstrated record of promoting student and faculty excellence, and who is a team player comfortable embracing a rapidly changing university environment like ours.

Just over four decades old, George Mason University is one of the great success stories in American higher education, growing rapidly from a single school building to a university of over 32,000 students enrolled at one of our four campuses (three in Virginia, one in South Korea). Despite our relative youth, the university is already recognized as one of the top 200 global universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education.

Our strategic planning process, due to wrap up at the end of the fall semester, has been driven by the Mason vision, which includes a series of commitments to our students, our faculty and staff, and to our community. I urge anyone interested in this position to read those commitments, as they are at the core of the plans we have for ourselves.

In addition to the formal position description, this website also offers you access to other information about George Mason University, including the Mason IDEA, basic facts about our university, and information about our university’s leadership team.


T. Mills Kelly, Professor of History
Chair, Provost Search Committee