George Mason University
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George Mason University

About the Provost

What is a Provost?

The Provost and Executive Vice President is the university’s chief academic officer, charged by the Board of Visitors and the President with overseeing all aspects of education, research, and public engagement of the university.  The Provost has direct oversight for all colleges, schools, and academic support units and is responsible for the allocation of resources. 


About  Dr. S. David Wu

Provost and Executive Vice President

Mason Provost David Wu

S. David Wu is Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University. Since his appointment in 2014, Provost Wu has launched important initiatives at Mason; including the establishment of the Science and Technology campus in Prince William County, the creation of campus-wide multidisciplinary initiatives, and the formation of comprehensive partnerships with Inova health system and UVA. Despite the climate of declining state support, he was able to build a world-class senior leadership team, streamlined academic administration, implemented a market-responsive budgetary system, while managing organizational changes and positioning the university for top quality research and education. In 2016, Mason entered the rank of Carnegie tier-one research universities.

Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Wu was dean of the Rossin College of Engineering and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University. Serving the deanship for over a decade, Dr. Wu led a period of unprecedented expansion and renewal for the college, recruited over 40% of the faculty, created over 12 new interdisciplinary programs, and built substantial academic and research space. At the conclusion of his tenure as Dean, engineering alumni established the S. David Wu Endowed Scholarship in honor of his accomplishments. 

Provost Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research. As a fellow of IIE, he published extensively and served as editor or editorial board member on several leading journals in his field. He currently serves on the board of overseers for Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, and the advisory boards for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the National Taiwan University. In 2015, he was recognized with the prestigious Tien Educational Leadership Award.

Provost Wu was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and HKUST. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987

Strategic and Organizational Focus

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President leads the university by identifying and mobilizing around key strategic initiatives.

In accordance with the Strategic Plan, resources and operational support are directed to functions that:

  • Serve our students by differentiating Mason’s education. We will continue to define Mason as a world-class university by presenting an innovative curriculum that addresses both occupational need and the growing demand for soft skills such as critical thinking and self-reliance. 
  • Transform and innovate through teaching and learning.  We will foster the growth and support of high-impact research and transformational education, while simultaneously improving student access to the university.
  • Use our leadership to engage the regional and global communities. We will create a vibrant, engaging and dynamic scholarly community in the context of an emerging global society.
  • Leverage our advances in research and entrepreneurship. We will continue to build on our value-identity as a Research 1 institution by sustainably fueling our momentum toward aggressive growth and innovation.