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The Search Is On

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 25, 2011


With Mason president Alan Merten retiring June 30, 2012, the university and its governing body are seeking a successor. Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) has selected BOV member and Mason alumna Lovey Hammel, BS Marketing ’88, to lead the presidential search committee. The committee includes several BOV members, Student Government president Allyson Bowers, a number of alumni board members, and faculty and staff members.

“The committee approaches the search work with a strong sense of responsibility,” says Hammel. “Dr. Merten has built a vision of innovation and success into the fabric of Mason. It is extremely important that we identify and recommend a new president who has the same commitment and talent to advance the university.”

Hammel added that the BOV will make the final selection of a new president. For more information, check out presidentialsearch.gmu.edu.

Presidential Search Timeline

March 2011

President Alan Merten announces his retirement plans.

May and June 2011

BOV establishes a search committee.

July 2011

Search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates is selected to support the search.

Summer/Fall 2011

Public forums with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community groups develop a leadership profile for the next leader of the university.

Fall 2011

Using the leadership profile and forum feedback, candidates are identified and interviewed.

January/February 2012

Select a candidate.

July 1, 2012

First day of work for new president


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