Dorian Mroz Is March Employee of the Month

Posted: March 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Dorian Mroz, the March Employee of the Month, loves her job. “I get to combine my love of numbers with my love for the arts; and I live only two miles away,” she says. Recently promoted to director of finance and administration in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), she assists with budgetary and human resource planning and administration for the college.

Her positive attitude is reflected in her work. “I can’t think of a more deserving person for this recognition,” says Rick Davis, associate dean of CVPA and artistic director for Center for the Arts and Theater of the First Amendment. “Dorian has embraced the fiscal and operational complexities of a large and diverse organization, with four academic departments enrolling close to 1,000 majors and the Center for the Arts, a very active auxiliary enterprise component of the college. She has seen us through the difficulties of the budget reductions with good humor and good analysis, and she always acts with a steady eye on the best interests of the whole college and its students.”

Mroz began working at George Mason six years ago as an administrative specialist in the Department of Music. “Working with everyone in Music helped pave the way for my position in the college,” Mroz says. The Supervisor Series also provided some good insight into managing people and dealing with human resources issues, she says. After earning a B.S. in business with a theater minor from Wake Forest University, and an M.B.A. and an M.A. in arts administration from Southern Methodist University, Mroz jumped into financial jobs in the arts. Her experience included group sales manager at the Dallas Theater Center, foundation and corporate relations development officer at Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York City, and associate director of development at Langley Elementary School in McLean.

In her time off the clock, Mroz likes to sing, and is going to play Widow Corney in Oliver!, being produced at the Good Shepherd Church. “And of course, I really value time with my family–my husband Jim and, four-year-old daughter, Virginia.”

“She is the person who holds things together in the department and who has the knowledge and expertise to provide the many answers that faculty and staff need,” says Joseph Kanyan, interim chair of the Department of Music.

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