Internal Task Force Studies Mason’s Development Operation

Posted: October 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

A Development Task Force created earlier this year by President Alan Merten has defined the development operation at George Mason as one that follows a mixed model of centralization and decentralization that is not unusual for institutions of comparable size.

This observation is part of a report completed recently by the task force, which was established to provide suggestions to help improve communication between the university’s central Development Office and the development efforts conducted at the unit and departmental levels. Dean Lloyd Griffiths of the School of Information Technology and Engineering served as chair of the task force.

Additionally, the group’s charge was to evaluate the roles and activities of George Mason’s central development and unit development activities over the past four years; compare Mason’s development activities and organization with those of other universities; and produce a series of recommendations regarding short-term and mid-term structures, personnel requirements, responsibilities, and relationships.

Highlights of the recommendations include:

  • The central Development Office should identify and research potential donors and provide results to pertinent individual units

  • The central office should manage a centralized database and records system

  • Individual units should develop advisory boards and councils specific to each unit’s needs

  • Individual units should conduct special events and/or campaigns designed to generate unit-level support

Over the next several months, the Offices of the Provost and Development will host forums designed to increase the level of communication with members of the George Mason community on fund-raising at all levels of the university.

To access the entire report, its recommendations, and a listing of the members of the task force, click here.

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