What is a Provost?
The Provost and Executive Vice President is the university’s chief academic officer, charged by the Board of Visitors and the President with overseeing all aspects of education, research, and public engagement of the university. The Provost has direct oversight for all colleges, schools, and academic support units and is responsible for the allocation of resources.
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.
Strategic and Organizational Focus
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President leads the university by identifying and mobilizing around key strategic initiatives.
In accordance with the Strategic Plan, resources and operational support are directed to functions that:
- Serve our students by differentiating Mason’s education. We will continue to define Mason as a world-class university by presenting an innovative curriculum that addresses both occupational need and the growing demand for soft skills such as critical thinking and self-reliance.
- Transform and innovate through teaching and learning. We will foster the growth and support of high-impact research and transformational education, while simultaneously improving student access to the university.
- Use our leadership to engage the regional and global communities. We will create a vibrant, engaging and dynamic scholarly community in the context of an emerging global society.
- Leverage our advances in research and entrepreneurship. We will continue to build on our value-identity as a Research 1 institution by sustainably fueling our momentum toward aggressive growth and innovation.