Hazeur to Depart Mason; Search Committee for Replacement Formed

Posted: May 16, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Camille Hazeur
Camille Hazeur
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Camille Hazeur, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Equity and Diversity Services for the past four and one-half years, has announced she will leave Mason to take a similar position at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Her last day at Mason will be June 30. Associate Director Josie Lockwood will assume the duties of interim director until Hazeur’s replacement is found.

President Alan Merten has appointed a distinguished group of faculty and staff to assist in the search for a replacement. The search committee is chaired by School of Management Professor David Kravitz and includes members of the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William academic and administrative communities.

Hazeur says her decision to leave Mason was a difficult one, but was prompted primarily by personal issues. She assumed responsibility for raising her two teenaged godsons after Hurricane Katrina disrupted their family. She says she has found that the demands of child rearing, her job at Mason, the commute from her home in Washington, D.C., and her own health issues forced her to make a lifestyle change.

“The people at George Mason have been wonderful,” Hazeur says. “I will miss everyone terribly, but expect that you will go on and do all the proactive things I wanted to do. The university-wide Diversity Leadership Council needs to be created so that all diversity efforts will be known and supported, including a Mason diversity web site. The groundwork is laid.

“I am very proud of the crackerjack staff we now have that is expert in federal and state compliance issues and also good with people. These people understand our moral and legal responsibilities and they understand human nature. They know how to work with people across university lines of authority and they know how to bring people together.”

Merten, in acknowledging the many accomplishments of the Office of Equity and Diversity Services during Hazeur’s tenure, said that “Camille’s work at Mason has established the basis for Mason moving to the next level of very important services for students, staff and faculty.”

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