David W. Rossell Scholarship Endowment Established

Posted: August 3, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

With a seed gift from Mason Provost Peter Stearns, the David W. Rossell Scholarship Endowment has been established to provide a scholarship for a graduate student pursuing a degree in the Higher Education Program.

The endowment is named for the associate provost for personnel and budget, who retired Aug. 1 after serving the university for 23 years.

In addition, Linda Harber, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, announced that the Quill Award has been renamed the David W. Rossell Quill award. The award recognizes administrative and professional faculty at Mason for working on projects or initiatives outside the realm of normal work duties that advance the university’s mission. Nominations for the award are being accepted until Aug. 24, and the award will be presented on Oct. 11.

Rossell began his career at Mason in 1984 as the manager for compensation and benefits. From 1988 to 1996, he received one promotion after another, first serving as assistant provost for administration and budget, then associate provost for administration and budget before assuming his most recent position.

Rossell was actively involved with the Higher Education Program, which prepares individuals for administrative and leadership positions in two- and four-year colleges.

He also worked on the university’s various international efforts, including the early development of the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Campus in the United Arab Emirates. In 2006, Rossell served as acting dean of the RAK Campus.

Rossell taught courses at Mason, as well as at several campuses of Northern Virginia Community College.

Prior to joining Mason, Rossell was a history teacher, a middle school social studies teacher and an assistant principal at a middle school. He and his wife, Susan Rossell, MA ’00, have been generous donors to the Higher Education Program, the Patriot Club and University Excellence.

Rossell earned a DA in Community College Education from Mason in 2000. He earned a BA in 1977 from the University of Montana and a MEd from the University of Virginia in 1980.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the scholarship endowment may donate online by visiting the Supporting Mason web site. Indicate the Rossell endowment in the comment section. For more information on contributing, call Kathleen Kehoe at 703-993-8740.

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