University Mourns Death of David Rossell

Posted: August 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

David Rossell, associate provost for personnel and budget, who retired less than two weeks ago from George Mason University after more than two decades of service, passed away at his home the afternoon of Aug. 10.

The funeral service will take place Tuesday, August 14, at 11:00 a.m. at the Rossell home, 1107 Orange Rd., Pratts, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 2200 Old Ivy Rd., Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22991.

A much-respected figure at Mason since the 1980s, Rossell was honored by the campus community on Aug. 1 at his retirement party. At that gathering, Rossell was praised for his many contributions to the advancement of Mason and for the many kindnesses and loyalties he extended over the years to faculty and staff.

Recently, the university honored Rossell by establishing the David W. Rossell Scholarship Endowment to provide assistance to a graduate student pursuing a degree in Mason’s Higher Education Program. Additionally, the university announced that the Quill Award was being renamed the David W. Rossell Quill Award. This award recognizes administrative and professional faculty for working on projects or initiatives outside the realm of normal work duties that advance the university’s overall mission.

Just prior to the retirement party, Provost Peter Stearns said of Rossell: “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. As important, he was and is a friend to the large number of us who have had the privilege of working with him.”

Rossell’s most recent assignment was to help launch Mason’s Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Campus in the United Arab Emirates. Over the past year he made a number of trips to RAK to conduct faculty interviews, run open houses for prospective students and their families and direct the beginning stages of this initiative.

“Dave 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,” said Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president. “He could always be depended upon to step up and do an outstanding job.”

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