The Five-Minute Interview: Larry Czarda, Vice President for Regional Campuses

Posted: October 11, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By David Driver

Larry Czarda
Larry Czarda

Larry Czarda has worked at George Mason for 24 years, in a variety of roles. This past March his title changed from vice president of the Prince William Campus to vice president for regional campuses, with responsibility for administrative and operational oversight in Prince William, Arlington, Loudoun and as needed in other sites.

Czarda reports jointly to Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens and Provost Peter Stearns. He is a graduate of George Mason, as is his son and a stepdaughter. He also has two nieces, one nephew and a sister-in-law who are former Mason students or alums.

For the five-minute interview, we asked him to complete the sentences below.

If I wasn’t talking to you right now, I’d be … probably on my computer, checking with issues on Arlington Campus operations. Secondly, I would be getting in salary increase recommendations for staff on the Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William Campuses.

My favorite thing about working at Mason is … every day is different.

The last book I enjoyed was … one I just got for my birthday, “The Impossible Will Take a Little While,” by Paul Loeb. It is a series of essays by a wide range of authors. The theme is developing hope in a time of fear. It was given to me by my very liberal stepdaughter (laughs).

My favorite kind of ice cream is … coffee.

My favorite television shows are … specials, and State of the Union speeches. I am also an addicted soccer fan and watch international matches on the soccer channel. My favorite teams are U.S. national teams, George Mason, D.C. United, Chelsea (of England), and my son’s school teams at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va.

Some of my hobbies are … do-it-yourself things, fixing things around the house. I live on a farm in Orlean, Va. I wake up and literally can see the Skyline Drive.

Exciting things going on at Mason now are … we are very near to having the Master Plan done for the Loudoun Campus. That is very important. In terms of the Arlington Campus, trying to get Arlington II under construction is a challenge. But we are making progress. At Prince William, we will be breaking ground for the Performing Arts Center and the George Mason University Biomedical Research Laboratory in the next six months. That is exciting.

The highlight of my career at Mason is … hiring Dr. [Alan] Merten [Mason president].

I’m very bad at … saying no.

My philosophy of working with others at Mason … First, in everything you do, believe deeply in the future of George Mason University. I have been doing that for 24 years. Secondly, learn how to prioritize in both importance and sequence.

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