Two years ago George Mason University merged its School of Public Policy with the Department of Public and International Affairs. The newly created School of Policy, Government and International Affairs brought under one roof a powerhouse research and teaching faculty and dozens of programs preparing 2,000 students to address any real-world policy problem.
Mark J. Rozell, who served as acting dean during the merger, was appointed dean of the Schar School in March with a mission to raise the school’s profile to attract the best students and compete with longer-established policy and government schools around the country and in the National Capital Region.
The $10 million gift from Dwight Schar is likely to go “much farther than many more substantial-sized gifts would in other contexts,” said Rozell.
“The plain fact is, we have a very distinguished faculty, we have the teaching power that we need to cover the courses that we need, we have this wonderful building with an extremely advantageous location near Washington, D.C.,” he said. “We have those assets in place. We are now in a position to create new programming and extend our outreach.”
The faculty includes Louise Shelley, a 2015 inaugural Carnegie Fellow and an acclaimed expert on combating transnational crime; 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning economics journalist Steven Pearlstein; 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and heralded demographer Jack Goldstone; the former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency, Michael Hayden; and globally recognized executive branch scholar James Pfiffner, among dozens of others.