Fuller Appointed to Dwight Schar Faculty Chair

Posted: July 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Denise St. Ours

A $1 million gift to George Mason from Dwight Schar, chairman and chief executive officer of NVR Inc. and a longtime supporter of the university, is funding the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair. Stephen Fuller, professor of public policy and director of the School of Public Policy’s Center for Regional Analysis, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the chair for a term of five years.

“This appointment recognizes Professor Fuller for his innovative work within the Center for Regional Analysis,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “Funding to provide faculty with the tools needed to advance knowledge and maximize creativity is critical to the university’s mission.”

Chair holders will be appointed to a term of up to five years, with the appointment rotating among the university’s various schools and disciplines. “This will allow us to strengthen and enhance faculty support across the university,” says President Alan Merten. Faculty endowment to secure and retain outstanding teachers and researchers is one of the top priorities of The Campaign for George Mason University, which seeks to raise over $110 million in private support by June 2005.

Fuller’s research has focused on the changing economic structure of the Washington metropolitan area and the impact of the evolving role of the federal government as a major source of new jobs and business activity within the overall economy. This research has led to the development of a series of indicators that track the current and near-term performance of the area’s economy.

Schar is a member of the university’s Campaign Committee, a former member of the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees, and a parent of a George Mason alumna. He was named Washingtonian magazine’s Business Leader of the Year in 2001 for his charitable work and his leadership at NVR, one of the largest residential home builders in the United States and the most dominant builder in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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