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.
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, Gbemi 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. Gbemi also teaches for the University’s School of Business and serves on the University’s Diversity Leadership and Global Leadership Councils.
Prior to Gbemi's higher education career, she worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as HSBC Bank and Chevron, as well as the Arizona State Legislature.
Gbemi 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. Gbemi also holds executive Certificates from Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School and is a Crans Montana New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellow.
Dr. 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.
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.
Yorgun 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.
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 the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Columbia University, and Loyola Marymount University.
Kelley earned her bachelor’s degree in government at the University of Redlands and her master’s degree in organizations and leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Gregory Washington became the eighth president of George Mason University on July 1, 2020. He is the former dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and former interim dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University.
In his seven years at UCI, Washington expanded undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the engineering school and recruited and hired one of the most diverse engineering faculty cohorts in the country. In addition, he established the University of California’s first student makerspace and launched the OC STEM Initiative, one of the nation’s first STEM ecosystems, in Orange County, California.
Washington created new graduate and undergraduate programs with the UCI business and humanities schools and led the development of the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity to advance next-generation advanced mobility systems.
The first African American dean of engineering at any University of California campus, and the first African American president at Mason, Washington established an Office of Access and Inclusion at UCI to enhance campus life for all students and chaired the Task Force on Ensuring a Positive Climate for the Campus’ Black Community.
Washington began his academic career in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State University and served as interim dean of the engineering school from 2008 to 2011. Washington received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, and the Lumley Research Award. He also received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
A first-generation college graduate, Washington is a New York City native. He earned three degrees in mechanical engineering, including his PhD, at North Carolina State University.
Mark R. Ginsberg is 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 35-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 from 1986-93. From 1981-86 he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association, after having been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Ginsberg serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the respected international organization, Parents as Teachers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hopecam, a non-profit organization that supports children with cancer and their families and as an appointed member of the Fairfax County 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 and had served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He also is a past-president of both the International Step by Step Association, a nongovernmental organization of education and child/youth development focused NGOs in Europe and Central Asia, and the Society of Psychologists in Management.
Dr. Ginsberg is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, a Clinical Member and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the American Counseling Association, American Educational Research Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children and American Society of Association Executives 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.