Search Committee to Present Mason Presidential Candidates in January
The George Mason University Board of Visitors has established the Presidential Search Committee to select a successor for President Alan Merten, who will be retiring on June 30.
Aided by the national search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, the committee will identify traits sought in the new leader and narrow down the pool of candidates, according to a Mason Gazette article.
The search committee consists of 26 members of the university and community, headed by BOV member Lovey Hammel. In a plan outlined at the first meeting on June 9, the committee decided to present the top candidates to the BOV by January, according to the minutes of the meeting.
The committee is scheduled to convene for its third meeting Tuesday.
More information can be found on the committee website,
-Monika Joshi

Mason One of Two Virginia Schools to Win Award
After years of sustainability efforts, George Mason University has earned a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.
Mason has become one of only two universities in Virginia to achieve this award, and is the 38th in the nation.
Mason’s commitment to become environmentally friendly began in 2007 when President Alan Merten signed on to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
In addition, Mason has pledged to become climate neutral — having no negative impact on the environment — by 2050.
“As one of the largest institutions in northern Virginia, and one of the largest and most diverse public universities in the state, Mason has a responsibility to promote sustainable practices for the benefit of the university, surrounding communities, the region and the world,” said Merten.
-Justin Lalputan