Board of Visitors
BOV Bylaws
BOV Schedule

Ernst Volgenau

John Knox Singleton
Vice Rector

William Soza

Board Members
Anne K. Altman
Terri Cofer Beirne
Kathleen M. deLaski
Vincent F. Callahan
C. Gibson Dunn
Denny Garcia
Lovey L. Hammel

Glenn C. Lewis
Byron F. Marchant
Charlie H. Mills, III
Long V. Nguyen
Sudhakar V. Shenoy
D. Jean Wu

Faculty Representative
Suzanne Slayden

Student Representatives
Deidra Bailey
Aline Sandouk

Faculty Committee Representatives
James Bennett
Faculty and Academic Standards
Rick Coffinberger
Finance and Resource Development
Mark Houck
Land Use and Physical Facilities
Janette Muir
University Life
Toni-Michele Travis
Equity and Diversity

Faculty Committee Liaison
Phillip Buchanan
Audit Committee

Virginia Seal
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. 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 three senators appointed by the chair of the Faculty Senate to be its liaison representatives.

Take a look at the current bylaws, and the BOV schedule for the 2008-2009 academic year. See: Board Agendas, Minutes and Other Matters

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 703-993-8703.


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