Czarda Named Vice President for Administration

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

By Daniel Walsch

Larry Czarda
Larry Czarda

Lawrence Czarda, Mason’s vice president for regional campuses since 2006, has been named vice president for administration, effective Aug. 1.

In this new role, he will oversee campus police, parking and transportation, risk management, special projects and auxiliary services. Additionally, Czarda will share authority for environmental safety with the vice president for research; regional campuses with the provost; and housing and residential life with the vice president for university life.

Czarda will report directly to Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president.

“I look forward to working closely with the directors of each of these areas, which are so fundamentally important in continuing to have Mason be broadly recognized for innovation and exemplary practice in administration and operations,” says Czarda.

“Building upon the good work of so many who have made such substantial contributions in these core administrative areas over the years, I am confident that we will meet the challenges presented over the next few years as Mason continues its remarkable development.”

Prior to 2006, Czarda was vice president of the Prince William Campus.

Czarda, who resides in Fauquier County, has been part of the university’s administrative team since 1983 and has served in a number of roles, including chief of staff to university President Alan Merten and his predecessor, George Johnson.

Czarda has been an adjunct faculty member at Mason for more than 20 years. He currently teaches in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.

Long active in civic affairs, he is former chair of the Fauquier County School Board and Fauquier Health System Board. He serves on numerous boards and commissions in Northern Virginia, including the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.

Czarda holds a doctorate from Mason’s School of Public Policy. Numerous members of his family are Mason alumni.

“Larry is ideally well qualified to provide leadership and guidance to these dynamic units within the organization. Each operating area will be stretched to the maximum over the next few years as we physically expand each of our campuses with new facilities,” says Scherrens.

“At the same time, our institutional expectations for a high-quality infrastructure to facilitate day-to-day operational effectiveness grow. We have a very competent, experienced, hard-working staff in all of these areas, and I am confident that Larry’s leadership will encourage everyone to pursue best practices through creativity, innovation and university-wide coordination.”

One of Czarda’s first tasks will be to recruit an assistant vice president for regional campuses, with a national search beginning early this fall.

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