Kelly McNamara Corley
Stephen M. Cumbie
Kimberly O. Dennis
Robert F. Pence
M. Siddique Sheikh
Justin Van Buren
Faculty Committee Representatives
David S. Anderson
James H. Finkelstein
Faculty Committee Liaison
The Board of Visitors (BOV) of George Mason University was created in April 1972 by an act of the General Assembly when the university became an independent institution. The board is a corporate body serving under the leadership of a rector, vice rector, and secretary. The 16 members of the board are appointed by the governor of Virginia on a rotating basis to serve four-year terms. The Faculty Senate Chair sits on the board as a nonvoting member. Two student representatives (nonvoting members) are appointed by the Board of Visitors each year at the May meeting to serve a one-year term.
Without limiting the generality of its powers, the Board of Visitors exercises its authority principally in policy-making and oversight. With the exception of meetings convened in executive session, meetings of the Board of Visitors and its committees are open to the public. The board recognizes as official observers eight faculty representatives that are elected by the faculty at-large. Two faculty representatives sit on each of the following committees: Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community Committee, Finance and Land Use Committee, Development Committee, and Research Committee. A faculty liaison may be appointed to the Audit Committee.
Board of Visitors Bylaws
Board of Visitors Schedule
(The 2015-16 meeting dates are scheduled to be approved by the Board on July 31, 2015.)
Board Agendas, Minutes and Other Matters
If you would like to contact the Board of Visitors,
you may send an email to BOV@gmu.edu or call
the Secretary, pro tem, of the Board at 703-993-8627.