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The George Mason University Board of Visitors will host a Finance and Land Use Committee Information Session on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 on the University’s budget and finances, including proposed tuition and fees for 2019-2020.  The Finance Committee meeting will be followed by a Public Comment Session.  These sessions are scheduled in advance of the May 2, 2019 Board of Visitors meeting where tuition and fees will be approved for the coming year.

The sessions are open to the public and will be held in Merten Hall, Hazel Conference Room (1201) as follows:
Finance and Land Use Committee Information Session:  8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  (Public comment will not be taken at this session.)
Public Comment Session:  10:15 – 11:30 a.m. (Note criteria below for participation.)

To submit written comments and/or register to speak during the Public Comment Session, please access the registration link:  The Board will hear comments from the first 20 speakers who are registered to speak and are present.  Each speaker will have 3 minutes.  In order to maximize the number of speakers able to present their viewpoints within the allotted time, the Board may ask speakers with duplicative comments to shorten their presentation.  Because time is limited, speakers are also encouraged to submit their written comments at the time of registration.  Special interest and/or groups of individuals are encouraged to select a spokesperson.  Due to the anticipated volume of registrations, not all registrants will have the opportunity to speak.  However, all written statements received through the website will be included in the public record of the Public Comment session and will be provided to the Board.  The registration link will remain open until Noon on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Please note: The Hazel Conference Room (1201) has limited occupancy.  Once the room is at capacity, the space will be closed to additional attendees.

Paid parking is available in the Rappahannock parking deck adjacent to Merten Hall.
If you have questions, please email


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 faculty representative. As a result of their respective elections to the positions of president of the Student Government and president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, two non-voting student representatives 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.

BOV Contact:
If you would like to contact the Board of Visitors, you may send an email to or call the Secretary, pro tem, of the Board at 703-993-8627.