Merten Outlines Vision in Fall Address to Faculty

Posted: September 6, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Speaking yesterday before several hundred faculty and staff members, President Alan Merten outlined his vision for the future of George Mason and identified “critical success factors” for the 2000-2001 academic year.

In his vision, Merten called upon the university to build strong alliances that “bring the know-how of business and the community into the university and take the knowledge of the university into the workplace and the larger society.” George Mason, he noted, is in the right place at the right time to become the innovative university for the information society.

Looking ahead over the next ten months, Merten said it is essential that the university obtain the requisite financial support from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also urged the faculty to help strengthen George Mason’s research environment and increase their research activities. Additionally, he noted, efforts are underway to harness greater support from the Northern Virginia business community. This support, he said, will result in increased support by elected officials.

If successful in generating greater public and financial support, Merten pledged increased support for such areas as faculty activities, hiring new faculty, student scholarships, and improving the university’s facilities.

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