Holton leads one of the highest-achieving research universities in the country as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher 教育. With 38,000 students, Mason is equally committed to providing opportunity, accounting for 64 percent of public university enrollment growth in Virginia from 2010 to 2018.
Lester L. Arnold Sr. was appointed the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President for Human Resources & Payroll for George Mason University in July 2019. In this role he is responsible for working collaboratively across the university with key stakeholders to engage in a people-focused mission-driven organization that is in alignment with the strategic goals and objectives of the university. Lester also provides oversite for HR functional areas to include Benefits, Employee Relations, Life/Work Connections, Organizational Development, Learning, and Coaching, Payroll, Reward and Recognition, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Planning and Compensation.
Lester earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University and a MBA degree with a Human Resources Management concentration from the University of Hartford. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Prior to joining NSF, Crawford’s research interests were in high-speed optical and optoelectronic systems in work done at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of California Santa Barbara, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Sharon Cullen manages all aspects of the president’s activities and commitments, engages in university-related initiatives and oversees the President’s Office operations, along with the members of the presidential administrative team. She works closely with the president, senior administration, and across a broad spectrum of the university.
Dr. Michelle Marks is the Vice President for Academic Innovation & New Ventures at George Mason University. In this capacity, she is responsible for identifying, launching and sustaining educational initiatives that fulfill George Mason’s strategic plan and generate financial resources to support students, faculty and the educational mission. Charged with creating accessible student pathways and bringing learning science innovations to campus, Dr. Marks is leading university initiatives designed to deliver online programming at scale, create pathway programming for international students and support adult degree completion through the establishment of strategic partnerships with businesses, government and education institutions. At Mason, Dr. Marks has been a champion for increasing higher education access and completion rates for Virginia’s students and is currently leading a joint initiative with Northern Virginia Community College that will launch a new student transfer model for community college students interested in pursuing a four-year degree. Dr. Marks oversees Mason Learning Solutions, the Office of Digital Learning, Academic Initiatives and Services and the Academic Ventures project management group.
Rene Stewart O'Neal, Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning & Budgeting
Rene Stewart O’Neal joined the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration’s leadership team at George Mason University as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Budgeting and Planning in August 2019. She is excited about the opportunity to promote a transparent, accountable and responsive financial management culture with evidence-based planning as a foundation for investment.
Prior to joining GW, she was the Director of Planning and Assistant Director of the Office of Planning & Budgets at Michigan State University for ten years. A career higher education finance professional, she has held senior administrative positions in finance, budgeting, treasury, academic planning and operations at Wellesley College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Michigan State University. Her particular areas of expertise are higher education finance and analysis, budgeting and strategic planning, strategy and change management, institutional effectiveness and inclusive excellence. She holds AB and Master of Public Policy degrees from Harvard University.
Sandler started his journalism career as a sports writer at The Washington Post and spent two years in Bolivia as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University and his master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Ann Ardis earned her PhD from the University of Virginia (1988) and is known internationally for her scholarship on turn-of-the-century British literature and culture and modernist studies. She is also known for her work on the transformations of print media and the Anglo-American periodical press at the turn of the twentieth century. She is the author of New Women, New Novels: Feminism and Early Modernism (Rutgers UP, 1990) and Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922 (Cambridge UP, 2002) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is co-editor of three edited collections: Virginia Woolf Turning the Centuries (Pace, 2000), Women’s Experience of Modernity (Johns Hopkins UP, 2002), and Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1880-1940 (Palgrave, 2008). She recently completed a term of service as co-editor of Modernism/modernity, the official journal of the Modernist Studies Association (Johns Hopkins UP). Ardis comes to Mason from the University of Delaware, w这里 she served as senior vice provost for graduate and professional education. Prior to that role, she was the deputy dean of Delaware’s College of Arts & Sciences and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities 研究 Center, which supports collaborative multidisciplinary research, teaching, and creative activity anchored in the humanities.