University Undergoes Administrative Changes

Posted: May 30, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A number of administrative changes are taking place, effective immediately, to facilitate management and development at the distributed campuses and improve coordination among all campus sites.

Larry Czarda is reassigned as vice president for operations, Prince William Campus. He will have responsibility for coordination of administrative and academic matters and on-site management of the campus. He will report jointly to Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens and Provost Peter Stearns. Czarda will continue to oversee the George Mason Safety Office and the Police Department, and will also continue to serve on several institutional management committees.

Stanley Taylor assumes the title of vice president for operations, Arlington Campus, and will have responsibility for coordination of administrative and academic matters and on-site management of the campus. He will likewise report jointly to Scherrens and Stearns. Taylor will continue to represent George Mason on various boards and commissions in Arlington, Alexandria, and the District of Columbia. Czarda and Taylor will also be members of the President’s Council.

“Recent developments at both Arlington and Prince William require that we have a senior administrator clearly identified and held accountable for management and development of those campuses,” says Stearns. “Both Czarda and Taylor have broad institutional experience at George Mason as well as significant experience in external relations in the region.”

Randall Edwards will continue to serve as executive vice president, and will be focusing significant attention on future developments at all current and future locations of the George Mason distributed university, including Belmont Bay, Springfield, and Loudoun County.

In addition, Associate Provost David Rossell will be tasked as the provost’s delegated representative to guide the project management of the academic facilities capital improvement program. He will be directly involved as academic project manager for the opening of Academic IV, Academic V, the renovations of Thompson and West Buildings, as well as serving in a significant coordinating role for Arlington II, Prince William IIIa, Research I, and other academic facilities.

“This transition into the next phase of capital development requires that we focus our limited administrative resources in such a manner to help us achieve our capital improvement objectives,” says Scherrens. “We need academic leadership to drive the process and work closely with our senior facilities management staff.”

Additionally, President Alan Merten has approved the creation of an Auxiliary Enterprises Management Coordination Council. The council will be co-chaired by Vice President for University Life Karen Rosenblum and Associate Vice President for University Services Ken Bumgarner. It will serve as the overall management coordinating body for all of the George Mason auxiliaries, including the bookstores, residence life, food service, unions, parking, intercollegiate athletics, university life, and the Concert Hall.

With significant planned expansion of several university services (new dormitories, parking decks, Aquatic Center expansion), Scherrens suggests that “this council will become a critical management tool to help us more fully integrate and coordinate the university life and auxiliary support services on all of our campuses. We have strong management leadership in several of these enterprises, but we can make the whole greater than the sum of the parts if we better coordinate these activities.”

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