Hennessey Named Chief of Staff for President

Posted: November 9, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

J. Thomas Hennessey Jr., research assistant professor with The Institute of Public Policy, has been named chief of staff for President Alan Merten, effective Dec. 1.

Hennessey, who came to George Mason in 1993, brings to this role more than 20 years of experience in various leadership and management positions, both inside and outside academia. He replaces Lawrence Czarda, who earlier this year was named vice president for operations.

The chief of staff at George Mason provides professional staff support to the president on a wide range of issues; works closely with the Board of Visitors, the President’s Office, and the executive staff; and oversees a variety of special projects as assigned by the president.

Since 1993, Hennessey has directed the administrative, financial, and research efforts of the Mason Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship and Regional Analysis; served as acting executive director of the Northern Virginia Business Roundtable; and served as executive director of the university’s Congressional Institute for the Future.

Before coming to George Mason, Hennessey was deputy chief of staff with the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (1991 to 1993), chief of the European Division of Political-Military Affairs for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Military Attaché with the diplomatic service at the American Embassy in London. He earned his Ph.D. at George Mason in 1996 and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Eastern Kentucky University.

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