2005: A Year to Remember, Part II

Posted: December 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The year 2005 was a landmark one for George Mason University, as the institution continued to grow in enrollment, programs, personnel and budget. Following are some high points of the year.


The university’s Board of Visitors approved the following new academic degrees in 2005:

  • MA in Art History

  • PhD in Political Science

  • BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering

  • BA in Environmental Science and Policy

  • MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • PhD in Health Services Research and Policy


The year 2005 saw some significant organizational changes that will facilitate future initiatives.

The Board of Visitors voted in May to reorganize the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Computational Sciences, with the result being a newly formed College of Science and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The two new colleges will be financially effective July 1, 2006, and programmatically effective in fall semester 2006.

Gerontology and international health will be among the primary areas of focus for George Mason’s newly named College of Health and Human Services, approved in October by the university’s Board of Visitors. Formerly known as the College of Nursing and Health Science, the college will be reorganized in phases, beginning in fall 2006 and continuing through 2011.

Expanding International Connections

One of the key accomplishments of President Alan Merten’s trip to Asia in 2004 was signing agreements with seven Chinese universities. As part of the U.S.-China 1-2-1 Joint Academic Program, 20 Chinese students came to study at the Fairfax Campus this fall.

In June, Music Professor Patricia Miller traveled to Korea with Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and enrollment development, to help expand opportunities between the citizens of Korea seeking to study in the United States and Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Key People Join Mason

Early this year, Shirley Travis joined George Mason as the new dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science.

Christine LaPaille became the new vice president for university relations in May.

Matthew Kluger joined George Mason as the new vice president for research in July.

Lance Liotta and Emanuel Petricoin III, formerly codirectors of the National Cancer Institute/Food and Drug Administration Clinical Proteomics Program, joined the university last spring.

Paul Strassmann, former acting CIO of the NASA; former director of defense information, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and retired vice president of the Xerox Corporation, began a three-year affiliation with the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering this fall. As distinguished professor of information sciences, Strassmann will present four annual lectures on changes in the economics of information management.

Gordon Brent Ingram joined Mason as the associate dean for campus development for the new RAK Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

Significant Partnerships

The George Mason University-Inova Health System Translational Research Centers was established. It is a joint initiative to coordinate multiple programs to implement proteomics, nanotechnology, and genomics research in cancer, metabolic syndrome, cardiopulmonary diseases, and neurodegenerative and liver diseases. This initiative comprises the research efforts of three shared centers: the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine; the Center for Biomedical Genomics; and the Center for the Study of Genomics of Liver Diseases. Inova and George Mason have combined efforts to recruit internationally renowned scientists to work closely with clinical investigators from Inova.

Mason Responds to Natural Disasters

In addition to providing aid to victims of the Pakistani earthquake and Hurricane Katrina, the university also offered admission to students displaced by the hurricane.

George Mason’s Counseling and Development Program faculty and graduate students in the Counselors without Borders Project traveled to the Gulf Coast to participate in the nation’s first counseling student assistance program for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

And More…

The School of Law building on the Arlington Campus was named Hazel Hall in honor of John “Til” Hazel, a prominent attorney and real estate developer who led the effort to help Mason acquire a law school in 1979. A longtime university supporter, Hazel served as a member of Mason’s advisory board in 1963 and was active in the formation of the George Mason University Foundation in 1966. He is currently a trustee emeritus.

Write to at