Auxiliary Enterprises Announces Reorganization

Posted: December 2, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: December 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

This information was provided by Auxiliary Enterprises

The Office of Auxiliary Enterprises Administration is continuing to evolve to meet the needs accompanying rapid university expansion in order to provide the highest quality services to support the academic mission of the university. To that end, the office has announced the following changes to its organization, effective today, Dec. 1.

  • The Mason Inn and Conference Center — Mason’s state-of-the art hospitality venue — will continue to use Aramark to provide day-to-day management at the direction of the university. Jody Winter, principal of JFW Consulting, will provide contract management for the university for the Mason Inn and will report to Gregg Toney, assistant vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises.
  • David Atkins has accepted a new position, director of special projects and contracted services. This position will assist Auxiliary Enterprises in its efforts to achieve best practice performance. In addition, Atkins will provide oversight of contracts related to licensing, vending, banking and digital signage operations. He will report to Mark Kraner, executive director of campus retail operations.
  • Kraner will add contract management responsibilities for the Mason Bookstore and university Mail Services, in addition to overseeing Dining, the Mason Card Office and the new position mentioned above.
  • Benn Crandall has been named interim executive director of Student Centers. In this role, Crandall will assist the university with refining the organization’s management and operations while working closely with University Life staff to develop “best in class” performance of our Student Centers. A national search for this position will be conducted in spring 2011. Crandall will also retain oversight of the Print Services operations.
  • Joe Sobieralski, director of business and finance for Auxiliary Enterprises and University Life, continues with his current responsibilities. He will also assume responsibility for providing direction and guidance to the Child Development Center and supervising the director, Tina Morris.
  • Day-to-day management of the Patriot Center continues to be provided by Centre Management, and Barry Geisler, general manager of the Patriot Center, will report directly to Toney.

All other responsibilities within the Auxiliary Enterprises organization remain unchanged.

Morrie Scherrens, Mason’s senior vice president, says, “These internal organizational changes should position the staff well to achieve optimal performance. The Auxiliary Enterprises, in the face of substantial losses of state support for educational and general programs, are challenged daily to maximize revenue generation while improving the quality of service to a growing number of students, faculty and staff.

“This reorganization will enable us to leverage the strength of our Auxiliary Enterprises staff in a collaborative manner with University Life and Academic Affairs to meet the increasing needs of the greater university.”

The Office of Auxiliary Enterprises Administration in currently located in College Hall, Room C200, and can be reached by calling 703-993-2840.

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