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.
Provost and Executive Vice President
S. David Wu is Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia and a Carnegie research-one (R1) institution. Since his appointment in 2014, Provost Wu has created an academic vision for Access to Excellence – building an institution accessible to diverse populations of students, while creating a powerhouse for new ideas and paradigms for world-changing research and learning. Under his leadership, the university experienced the fastest enrollment growth in Virginia, increased student diversity and academic outcomes, and became the youngest institution to receive Carnegie tier-one research designation. He facilitated the establishment of the Science and Technology Campus, the Potomac Center of Environmental Studies, the Institute for BioHealth Innovation, and the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, and attracted a U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Center of Excellence to Mason. Since his appointment, the sponsored awards for research, scholarship and creative work increased by nearly 80%. He was credited by the Board of Visitors with leading the university’s extraordinary emergence as a top-tier national research institution.
Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Wu was Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University. Rossin College experienced unprecedented expansion and renewal in the decade under his leadership (2004-2014). At the conclusion of his tenure as Dean, the University established the S. David Wu Endowed Scholarship in honor of his accomplishments.
Dr. Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research. A IISE Fellow, he has published extensively in his field and has served on various national and international boards, such as the National Science Foundation and the Science Foundation of Ireland. He also serves on the board for Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, and was on the engineering advisory boards for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). In 2015, Dr. Wu received the C.L. Tien Educational Leadership Award. He was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and HKUST. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.
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.