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The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University.  Working closely with University administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community.  The work of the Senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.


The Staff Senate works collaboratively with the administration, Faculty Senate, student government, and other university departments to gather and disseminate information on behalf of our constituents.  Once common areas of concern are identified, we work to bring about change that will benefit constituencies across all Mason’s campuses.


With support from the administration, the Staff Senate sponsors annual staff appreciation events, the outstanding supervisor award, and participates in the employee of the month award program.  Staff recognition is paramount at Mason and the Senate works hard to foster Mason’s culture of recognition, making Mason a great place to work

November Staff Senate Newsletter

The November 2017 Staff Senate Newsletter is now available!

Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University










December 6 Staff Senate General Meeting

Staff Senate General Meeting

The Staff Senate will host a session to address solutions to common concerns in communication and processes that impede productivity and fluidity.

Wednesday, December 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room 720 (telepresence)
Science and Technology: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (telepresence)

Submit your questions for our guest speakers:

To promote dialogue at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions from constituents. This is your opportunity to ask university leadership about things that are important to you as Mason staff! Submit your question in advance using the online submission form or email your question to You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

Staff Senate reserves the right to determine which questions are asked during the meeting. Any selected questions that are not asked during the session due to time constraints will be emailed to the guest speaker, and the responses will be published in the Staff Senate newsletter at a later date.

All who attend the Staff Senate general meeting are welcome to ask questions in-person, during the session.

For questions, contact

Congratulations to the 2017 Outstanding Supervisors!

Curtis McNay, director of IT security, Information Technology Services

Chief Carl T. Rowan, Jr, chief of police, Mason Police and Public Safety Department

Congratulations to the 2017 Outstanding Supervisors!

Congratulations to Chief Carl T. Rowan, Jr, chief of police, Mason Police and Public Safety Department, and Curtis McNay, director of IT security, Information Technology Services. Chief Rowan and Mr. McNay were selected from nearly 30 incredible nominations of diverse candidates from varying departments and campuses. The Awards Committee, a seven-person committee in the Staff Senate, reviews nominations each year. These two candidates stood out among their peers and were recognized for their outstanding contribution to their departments and in the following areas:

  • Acknowledging exemplary performance
  • Supporting innovation and soliciting input from employees
  • Being fair and flexible
  • Encouraging and providing opportunities for professional growth

According to his nominators, “Chief Rowan’s commitment to the university, department, and each individual employee is undeniable. He took time to identify each employee’s strengths and develop them to the highest degree of productivity which has translated to job satisfaction.” His nominators also appreciate the opportunities for career growth and how “he has rewarded hard work and inspired creativity, and involves himself in the work of the front line officers and employees to gain an understanding of what everyone’s needs are and to lead by example and motive teamwork.”

According to Mr. McNay’s nominators, “Curtis creates an environment of innovation for his staff where new ideas and strategies are welcomed and further pursued.” His staff feels that “Curtis fosters an environment of learning and engagement. He places an emphasis on participation in training, creating an environment of sharing what each other learns and knows, as well as, generating a collaborative approach to problem-solving. Curtis acknowledges exemplary performance by nominating staff members and project teams for ITS Service and Leadership Awards. “No matter what scope of the project, he always makes sure to convey to his staff how appreciated their input is.”

Chief Rowan and Mr. McNay were recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards on November 2, 2017.

The Staff Senate will accept nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Supervisor Award during August 2018. Visit our website to learn more about the criteria and nomination process.

Holiday Toy Drive

Staff Senate Announces New Partnership with INOVA Children’s Hospital this Holiday Giving Season!

NEW THIS YEAR! The Staff Senate is collecting new, unwrapped toys for INOVA Children’s Hospital and also any non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for Mason’s Patriot Pantry.

Donations will be collected from December 1−19, 2017. The last day to donate items will be the day of each campus holiday party.

If you would like to begin shopping early and take advantage of some Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, INOVA Children’s Hospital has set up an Amazon Wish List, a Wish List for currently needed items, and Gift Policies to avoid any items that they cannot accept.

If you have any questions, please direct them to