August 20, 2018

Our Leadership

Success Starts Here

We are a progressive, diverse university and our leadership reflects that. We come from many different backgrounds, many different places, and each of us brings something different to the table. It is these very contrasts that allow us to look beyond the expected as we share the responsibility and commitment to ensure the success of our students in their academic goals, personal lives, careers, communities and whatever other endeavors they may choose to pursue.

Our graduates go on to become involved, caring and contributing members of society, who seek to make a positive imprint. It’s the best lesson we teach.

Welcome from the University President

To current and future Mason Korea students and families,

George Mason University is a modern university, regarded as one of the world’s top 300 universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and considered among the 115 most research-intensive institutions in the United States according to the Carnegie Classification.

Our students, faculty and staff come to us from all parts of the United States, all cultural origins and more than 130 countries. They are attracted to Mason by our academic excellence and an inclusive environment where people of diverse backgrounds can learn and grow and contribute to the learning of others.

Mason’s experiential learning platform and international connections help develop a global mindset in our graduates and prepare them to be successful anywhere in the world. We teach, develop and inspire the innovators, global leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow.

We are proud that Mason Korea enables hundreds of students each year to experience the culture of two thriving metropolitan regions in the world – Incheon, right outside Seoul, and Northern Virginia, next to Washington, D.C. Mason Korea is the academic bridge that connects these vibrant regions, a path that leads to open doors of opportunity for Mason graduates.

Thank you for your interest in and support of Mason Korea.

Ángel Cabrera
George Mason University


Our Leadership


Ángel Cabrera, PhD

Ángel Cabrera is in his seventh year as president of George Mason University. Before becoming Mason’s sixth president in 2012, Cabrera served as dean of IE Business School in Madrid and as president of Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University). Cabrera is the first native of Spain to have served as president of an American university.

As a business educator, Cabrera played a key role in advancing professional ethics, internationalization, and corporate social responsibility. As a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, in 2007 he was the lead author of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, now adopted by more than 700 schools around the world.

The World Economic Forum named Cabrera a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2002, a “Young Global Leader” in 2005, and chair of the Global Agenda Council for entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2004, Businessweek named him one of 25 “Stars of Europe.” Cabrera was an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2008 and a Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting topic leader in 2010.

Cabrera holds a telecommunications engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (BS and MS in computer and electrical engineering) and an MS and PhD in psychology and cognitive science from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

In 2014, Cabrera received an honorary degree from Miami-Dade College, and in 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The Carnegie Corporation of New York named Cabrera to its 2017 class of “Great Immigrants.” For more news about the president’s work, go here.

Provost and Executive Vice President

S. David Wu, PhD

S. David Wu is Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University. Since his appointment in 2014, Provost Wu has launched important initiatives at Mason; including the establishment of the Science and Technology campus in Prince William County, the creation of campus-wide multidisciplinary initiatives, and the formation of comprehensive partnerships with Inova health system and UVA. Despite the climate of declining state support, he was able to build a world-class senior leadership team, streamlined academic administration, implemented a market-responsive budgetary system, while managing organizational changes and positioning the university for top quality research and education. In 2016, Mason entered the rank of Carnegie tier-one research universities.

Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Wu was dean of the Rossin College of Engineering and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University. Serving the deanship for over a decade, Dr. Wu led a period of unprecedented expansion and renewal for the college, recruited over 40% of the faculty, created over 12 new interdisciplinary programs, and built substantial academic and research space. At the conclusion of his tenure as Dean, engineering alumni established the S. David Wu Endowed Scholarship in honor of his accomplishments.

Provost Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research. As a fellow of IIE, he published extensively and served as editor or editorial board member on several leading journals in his field. He currently serves on the board of overseers for Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, and the advisory boards for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the National Taiwan University. In 2015, he was recognized with the prestigious Tien Educational Leadership Award.

Provost Wu was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and HKUST. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987.

Campus Dean

Robert Matz, PhD

Dr. Robert Matz is the Mason Korea Campus Dean. He is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Mason Korea’s programs and operations in close coordination with Mason’s Fairfax Campus. A faculty member at George Mason University for over twenty-five years, he has previously served as Chair of the George Mason English Department, as Senior Associate Dean of George Mason’s College of Social Sciences, and as Interim Dean of the college. He brings to Mason Korea this experience in academic leadership, his commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and his dedication to the opportunities for international exchange that Mason Korea offers.

An expert on English Renaissance literature, Dr. Matz received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in 1986 and his Doctor of Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1993. He has published essays on Shakespeare and on Renaissance poetry and poetic theory, as well as two books, Defending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social Context and The World of Shakespeare’s Sonnets: An Introduction, which was selected as a 2008 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His edition of two English Renaissance marriage sermons was published in 2016. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English, and on the Executive Committee of the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library. He teaches courses on sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature, and on Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare.

Chief Business Officer

Gbemi Disu, MBA

Ms. Gbemi Disu is currently the Chief Business Officer for the GMU Korea campus where she oversees all finance, administration, operations, and external relations functions for the institution. Prior to this role, she was the Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives where she successfully managed the campus-wide process for updating the University’s 10-year strategic plan. In her role as Executive Director for Global Strategy, Ms. Disu was responsible for driving campus internationalization efforts, including study abroad, international agreements and institutional partnerships. She has also served as Special Assistant to the President where she supported key initiatives that were central to achieving the University’s strategic goals. Ms. Disu also teaches for the University’s School of Business and serves on the University’s Diversity Leadership and Global Leadership Councils.

Prior to Ms. Disu’s higher education career, she worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as HSBC Bank and Chevron, as well as the Arizona State Legislature.

Ms. Disu received her Bachelor of Science in economics and international business from W.P. Carey School of Business and the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. She received her MBA in global finance and marketing from Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she was the recipient of the Barton Kyle Yount Outstanding Graduate Award. Ms. Disu also holds executive Certificates from Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School and is a Crans Montana New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellow.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

John T. Crist, PhD

Doctor John T. Crist is associate dean of our Office of Academic Affairs. He previously served for many years as the director of research at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Additionally, he held positions as the associate director of research for the Center for International and Regional Studies and the assistant dean for academic affairs at Georgetown University. He also brings more than an additional decade of leadership experiences from working at the United States Institute of Peace’s Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program. As a professor, he has more than 20 years teaching experiences at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Catholic University of America. He also published over 25 articles and presented at more than 30 conferences throughout his educational career.

Dr. Crist received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University of America, and his master’s and doctorate from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Yorgun K. Marcel, MS

Mr. Yorgun K. Marcel is associate dean of our Office of Student Affairs. Before joining us, he worked as the assistant dean for students, director for international student affairs, and managing director at College of Wooster.

Mr. Marcel earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and his master’s degree in mass communication from Saint Cloud State University. He expects to complete his doctorate in educational leadership from University of New England in 2018.

Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Kelley E. Chung, MA

Ms. Kelley E. Chung boasts over 16 years of experience working in admissions, with over 13 years of experience working in college admissions. Before joining us, she served as an associate director of admissions at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Columbia University, and Loyola Marymount University.

Ms. Chung earned her bachelor’s degree in government at University of Redlands, and her master’s degree in organizations and leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College.