Administrative Leadership

Academic Organization in the University

The Executive Vice President and Provost oversees instruction, research, student affairs, and all of the administrative activities associated with these ventures.




Mark R. Ginsberg

Provost and Executive Vice President

Sarah Parnell

Laurence Bray

Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Yellia Seanor

David Burge

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Holli Hurst

Gesele Durham

Vice Provost for Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Karen Manley

Kimberly Eby

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development

Kylie Sertic

Renate Guilford

Vice Provost for Academic Administration

Diane Jordan

Andre Marshall

Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact

Corinne Hurst 

Janette Muir

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Miki Kaplan

Anne Osterman Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Diana Tippet

Rose Pascarell

Vice President for University Life

Laura Bell

Keith Renshaw

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
(effective August 10, 2023)




Mark R. Ginsberg, Provost and Executive Vice President

Mark Ginsberg serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia and a Carnegie Research One (R1) institution. He joined the University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Mason, with over 38,000 students, is a Carnegie Tier 1 university that is the largest public research university in Virginia. Dr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 40 year period as a professor, psychologist and skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development and human services. In addition, he has lectured and presented at over 200 conferences, seminars and other educational meetings and professional development events, both within the United States and internationally.

Dr. Ginsberg served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from January 1999 until June 2010. Prior to joining NAEYC, Dr. Ginsberg was chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty of both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He had served as a member of the Hopkins full-time and part-time faculty for more than 25 years. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ginsberg held the position of Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) from 1986-93. From 1981-86 he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association (APA), after having been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Ginsberg serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the respected international organization, Parents as Teachers (PAT). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), the national organization of university Provosts, as well as Hopecam, a non-profit organization that supports children with cancer and their families and as an appointed member of the Fairfax County (VA) Successful Children and Youth Policy Team. He is a Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and had served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI) and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). He also is a past-president of both the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), a nongovernmental organization of education and child/youth development focused NGOs in Europe and Central Asia, and the Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM). 

Dr. Ginsberg is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), a Clinical Member and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) of which he was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors.

Dr. Ginsberg completed his master's degree in 1978 and his doctoral degree in 1981 at The Pennsylvania State University, after having been awarded a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1975. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York. 

He is married to Elaine A. Anderson, the former Chair and a Professor Emerita in the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. They have two adult children, Andrew, a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, and Robert, an Executive at Fundrise, a Washington, DC based financial technology company.

Laurence Bray

Dr. Laurence Bray is the Associate Provost for Graduate Education at George Mason University and serve as Chair of the Graduate Council. Dr. Bray provides overall leadership for the University's portfolio of graduate activities. Prior to her role, she oversaw a wide range of departmental, school and university-wide educational and research activities as a faculty member and administrator in the Department of Bioengineering.

Dr. Bray is a mentor, a teacher, and a researcher with significant administrative experience. As the 2017 Mentorship Excellence Award winner and the 2018 Teacher of Distinction Recognition recipient, Dr. Bray has been dedicated to student success inside and outside the classroom. In addition, she has received the 2017 Innovative Spirit Award demonstrating her work around innovation and new initiatives. Dr. Bray has also published widely and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to the basic fundamentals of neuroscience using experimental, computational and behavioral approaches.

Prior to joining Mason, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Brain Laboratory at the University of Nevada, where she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. She graduated with her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Bioengineering and Biological Sciences, respectively from Clemson University.

David Burge

David Burge has served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at George Mason University since July 2015. Before coming to Mason, he served as Executive Director of Admission Services at Arizona State University and oversaw the execution of new student enrollment strategy for undergraduate and graduate, domestic and international students. Other professional experience includes the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding senior leadership roles within each institution’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

He is currently the immediate past-president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC,) a professional organization of more than 15,000 school counselors and college admission professionals. Prior to serving in the NACAC Presidential Cycle, Mr. Burge served as President of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling, an affiliate of the national organization. He has recently served on a number of panels/sessions focusing on the role and impact of public higher education – the Social Mobility Symposium, TargetX User Conference, and as the welcome speaker at the annual meeting for NACAC.

A native Kansan, his academic background includes two degrees from the University of Kansas: an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership.

Gesele Durham

Dr. Gesele Durham joined George Mason University in 2019 and serves as Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. By deploying her research, statistical, and strategic planning skills, Gesele’s work focuses on the production and use of analytics, providing meaningful assessment and planning, and enabling data-informed decision-making that advances Mason’s strategic goals.

Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Durham was the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While there, she created the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, initiated campus-wide discussions regarding data governance and resource development, implemented innovative campus tools aimed at strategic initiatives such as persistence and completion, access to strategic data for planning, and assessment of student learning and program outcomes.

A frequent contributor to national conversations on the advancement of analytics and strategic planning, she currently serves as the secretary on the executive board for the APLU’s Commission on Measurement, Information and Analysis. In the past she also served on the APLU’s board for the Voluntary System of Accountability, Product Advisory Councils for the EAB for both the Navigate/Student Success Collaborative as well as the Academic Performance Solutions tools, and as a member of the Peer Review Corp and mentor for the Persistence and Completion Academy for the Higher Learning Commission.

With a doctoral degree in Political Science from Binghamton University, she began her academic career at the University of Minnesota Morris as faculty before relocating to Wisconsin. After serving as the assistant director for the multi-disciplinary International Studies program at UW-Madison, she transitioned to the newly created role of enrollment data manager within the UW-Madison Graduate School. She also served one year with the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. evaluating international environmental agreements. Originally from central Illinois, Dr. Durham attended Illinois State University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in Political Science.

Kimberly Eby

Kimberly Eby joined the Mason faculty in 1996. An associate professor in the School of Integrative Studies, she is also affiliated with Women and Gender Studies and the department of psychology. In 2002, she was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. Her scholarly and professional interests include issues surrounding violence and gender, leadership, organizational development and change, and collaboration and community building across a variety of contexts. She was a consultant for the National Learning Communities Project and continues to present at national meetings and consult with individual institutions on topics such as leading institutional change; learning space design; interdisciplinary collaboration; working with student and faculty diversity; and other issues related to faculty, teaching, learning, and leadership.

Dr. Eby served for nine years as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) and Associate Provost for Faculty Development, providing programming, consultations, and professional development support to Mason faculty and graduate students, with an emphasis on teaching and learning. She has collaborated with campus leaders on multiple institution-wide curricular, strategic, and leadership initiatives, including Mason’s award-winning Students as Scholars program, the Leadership Legacy Program, various diversity and inclusion efforts, and the Learning Environments Group (LEG).

Currently she serves as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development. In this role she is responsible for all matters pertaining to Mason faculty’s professional well-being and development, including assisting with faculty career development, recognizing faculty excellence, cultivating academic leadership, and implementing policies and practices that support faculty at Mason. Dr. Eby earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Renate Guilford

Renate Guilford is the Vice Provost of Academic Administration at George Mason University and is responsible for the financial and personnel support for the Office of the Provost. Ms. Guilford joined Mason in 1991 as an analyst in the Summer Term Office and worked her way up to become the Director. In 2007, she was appointed Assistant Provost and asked to lead the budget and enrollment planning initiatives for the university.

Reporting to the Provost, she has led the Office in facilitating numerous change initiatives across Mason, including the supporting the development of new academic programs, the restructuring of administrative functions within key enrollment services operations to create Enrollment Central, the creation of International Branch campuses and International partnerships, she played a key role in the development of the Honor’s College and continues to support its ongoing success. Ms. Guilford provides leadership and support to new academic enterprises, research administration, and multiple other efforts within and across Mason’s schools and central support units.

Andre Marshall

Andre W. Marshall is Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact at George Mason University and President of the George Mason Research Foundation. As the university’s senior research officer, Dr. Marshall provides overall leadership for the portfolio of research, innovation, and economic development activities. Marshall joined George Mason University from the National Science Foundation, where he served as Program Director for the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) and Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) programs. During his tenure at NSF, Dr. Marshall advanced NSF’s university-based tech translation and commercialization programs through national initiatives strengthening industry-university engagement and collaboration, new partnerships broadening participation in innovation and tech entrepreneurship, and program virtualization increasing accessibility to the highly regarded national I-Corps Teams program.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Marshall served on the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering where he founded the Fire Testing and Evaluation Center (FireTEC) and launched a tech-startup based on patented technology stemming from his research and inspired by his participation in the NSF I-Corps program. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, FM Global, United Technologies Research Center, National Fire Protection Association, and various other institutions. Dr. Marshall is a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Volgenau School of Engineering. His research and teaching interests are centered around experimental characterization and computational evaluation of complex turbulent reacting flows and sprays. His work in this area was inspired by early propulsion research he performed while at Rolls-Royce Corp., which influenced his approach to fire suppression and most recently agricultural sprays. He is the recipient of the NSF Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) and the Philip Thomas Medal of Excellence. He has served as Associate Editor for the Fire Safety Journal and on the USPTO Working Group for the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI).

Dr. Marshall began his college career at Georgia Tech receiving a B.M.E and M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1991 and 1992, respectively. In 1996, he completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Janette Muir

Janette Muir is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at George Mason University. In this role she oversees academic operations in graduate and undergraduate education, global education, external educational partnerships and continuing/professional education. She supports the creation of new initiatives on Mason’s campuses and addresses the policy areas and systems that need to be considered in supporting academic change. Dr. Muir also is directly involved in the administration of Mason’s campus in Incheon, Korea, serving as the Chair of the Board of Managers that oversees the campus enterprise.

Dr. Muir’s academic life focuses in the areas of political communication, civic engagement, and the study of the presidency. She is an editor of Readings in Political Communication, and has been a featured contributor in the Harvard International Review symposium, writing about media, politics, and citizen participation. She edited a volume honoring the life of Jane Blankenship, a leading rhetorical critic of the 20th century, published in the political communication series of Lexington Books and her most recent work focuses on Hillary Clinton, featured in a 2021 published volume titled Southern First Ladies: Changing America’s Compass.

Anne Osterman

Anne C. Osterman is the Interim Dean of the University Libraries and University Librarian. She has over 20 years of experience in academic libraries, with particular expertise in cooperative acquisitions and collection development, collection assessment, and e-resource management. Prior to her current position, Anne's primary responsibilities were managing Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) operations, content negotiations, and contracts. Anne previously held a variety of roles at American University, including Director of Information Delivery Services, and was the Research and Data Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Rose Pascarell

Rose Pascarell is Vice President for University Life at George Mason. She has held several leadership positions in the University as Associate Vice President for University Life, Associate Dean for Campus Life and Associate Director of the Women's Studies Research and Resource Center. Ms. Pascarell's leadership work in University Life has focused on increasing student engagement and academic success, and the building of just communities.

Ms. Pascarell has worked on campus climate and multicultural/diversity issues for the last fifteen years. Her teaching and workshops focus on race, class, gender, sexuality; and the formation of just community through the examination of difference. Ms. Pascarell earned a B.A. in Sociology, Criminology, and Conflict Analysis at the State University of New York at Albany. Her M.A. in Sociology is from George Mason University.

Keith Renshaw

Keith D. Renshaw is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and previously served as department chair and professor of psychology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to his current position, Dr. Renshaw was an active member of George Mason’s Faculty Senate and served as Chair from 2016-2019. He was also chair and co-chair of the Faculty Matters Committee, a member of the Senate Executive Committee, and a faculty representative to various subcommittees of the Board of Visitors. In 2020, Dr. Renshaw led the formation and launch of the Military, Veterans, & Families Initiative at Mason.

Dr. Renshaw specializes in anxiety, stress/trauma, and interpersonal relationships. Much of his work has focused on the experiences of service members/veterans and their families. More recently, he has focused on the development, evaluation, and promotion of scalable mental health care. Dr. Renshaw received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah from 2005-2009, before joining the faculty at Mason in 2009.