Meet the Provost

Dr. Mark Ginsberg

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Dr. 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 George Mason University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at and began serving as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President on April 15, 2020. In September 2020, President Washington appointed Dr. Ginsberg as Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University. 

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. 


From January 1999 until June 2010, Dr. Ginsberg served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 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).  

He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), and a Clinical Member and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

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. 

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