David Rossell to Retire after Long Career at Mason

Posted: July 25, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

According to many of his colleagues, David Rossell, associate provost for personnel and budget, has been an essential figure at Mason. On Aug. 1, Rossell will retire after working at Mason for more than 20 years.

During his service at Mason, Rossell has contributed to various international efforts, including the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Campus in the United Arab Emirates. In 2006, Rossell was appointed acting dean of the RAK Campus and immediately put his administrative expertise to work to develop a structure for the new campus.

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David Rossell, associate provost for personnel and budget (standing, center left), and Peter Stearns, provost, posed last year with students and faculty at the RAK Campus cornerstone dedication ceremony.

Rossell made many visits to the Middle East to conduct faculty interviews, run open houses for prospective students and their families, and ensure the new campus started off on the right foot.

All of the Mason campuses have undergone numerous changes since Rossell joined the administration. In 2002, he served as the academic project manager for the opening of the new buildings Academic IV and Academic V, as well as the renovation of the Thompson and West Buildings. While taking on this responsibility at the Fairfax Campus, Rossell also served a significant coordinating role for the Arlington and Prince William Campuses, making sure that all campuses operated in sync.

“He was always one of the first to volunteer for assignments when the task cut across different parts of the organization and there was no inherently obvious person to accept the task,” says Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president. He adds, “Probably no one has served on more search and selection committees over the history of the university than Dave. [Mason] could always depend upon Dave to step up and do an outstanding job.”

Recognizing that there were many changes in policies and procedures that need to be updated, Rossell volunteered in 1999 to chair the committee reviewing the Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook.

In 2000, Mason began a yearlong, campuswide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division 1 athletics certification program. Rossell joined the committee to represent the Office of the Provost.

Rossell was actively involved with Mason’s Higher Education program, which prepares individuals for administrative and leadership positions in two and four-year colleges and universities. In 2000, Rossell earned a Doctor of Arts in Community College Education from Mason.

“His constructive devotion to George Mason, to the Provost’s Office and to key programs such as Higher Education, played a measurable role in building the university during his tenure here,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “As important, he was and is a friend to the large numbers of us who have had the privilege of working with him. His departure will be personally felt by many members of the university community.”

A ceremony marking his retirement is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Mason Hall Atrium on the Fairfax Campus.

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