George Mason Plans to Open New Campus in Loudoun by 2009
Posted: September 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Rey Banks
President Alan Merten, left, and Greenvest CEO Jim Duszynski shake hands after the announcement that the company donated land to George Mason for a new campus in Loudoun County.
George Mason will establish a new campus in Loudoun County on 123 acres of property located near the intersection of Routes 50 and 659. The property is being donated to the university by Greenvest LLC, a Virginia developer.
The expansion, says university President Alan Merten, addresses a growing demand in Loudoun County for higher education and enhances George Mason’s own “distributed university” concept in Northern Virginia.
“George Mason is pleased to be working closely with the leadership of Loudoun County as, together, we provide opportunities for area residents to have greater and easier access to their own educational growth,” says Merten. “By working in close conjunction with the governor, general assembly and Greenvest, George Mason and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors can help the citizens of the county and the surrounding area better prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.”
The university is projecting that the new Loudoun County campus will open in fall 2009. Currently, Mason offers credit classes in Loudoun County at the Ridgetop II office park.
“We are excited that George Mason is establishing such a strong presence here in Loudoun County,” says Bruce Tulloch, vice chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. “It is a first-rate educational institution with a rich history and dynamic vision for the future. Loudoun County is proud to be part of that vision.”
Mason’s upcoming plans for Loudoun County include:
- Offering undergraduate degree programs
- Offering graduate-level programs in such areas as technology and management, teacher training, health professional training and public administration
- Conducting research in medical imaging, biotechnology and clinical trials
- Providing training and research in air transportation
Mason has been a presence in Loudoun County since it began offering classes several decades ago at the Center for Innovative Technology, located along the Dulles Access Road. “We have enjoyed a strong and full partnership with the community for many years now,” says Merten. “Our long-term objective is to maintain a permanent and well-integrated presence in Loudoun County.”
Mason currently has campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William County. In fall 2006, it is establishing a campus at Ras Al Khaimah in the Middle East. This expansion is part of George Mason’s mission to further establish itself as a distributed university in which each of its campuses has a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region.
“Our intention is to work in close partnership with the leadership of Loudoun County much as we have done with leaders from other parts of Northern Virginia,” says Merten. “Working to meet the educational needs of area residents will make for a stronger and more prosperous region.”