George Mason University Korea is a global, extended campus of George Mason University. Its activities are accountable through normal university structures to the university’s President and Board of Visitors. As an international extended campus, George Mason University Korea also has its own leadership structure to ensure responsive and knowledgeable management that is compatible with the regulations and guidelines established by the Ministry of Education of South Korea. Academic oversight of programs offered at the Korean campus occurs exclusively through normal university structures. Routine financial and administrative management is also carried out through the office of the President of George Mason University and the leadership team.
Dr. Steven K. Lee became President of George Mason University Korea in July of 2015. Prior to assuming the helm at George Mason University Korea, he was Founding Director and CEO of USC Korea in Seoul. During his 25+ year career in higher education, Dr. Lee has held leadership positions at several of the major U.S. higher education institutions, including the campuses in the University of California, California State University, and the Oregon University Systems. He was the youngest faculty member to attain a tenured professorship in Education in the California State University system and the youngest Korean-American to receive the Full Professorship in a College of Education in the U.S. Dr. Lee presently holds the title of Distinguished Professor at George Mason University. This is his second presidency in an American university.
For years, President Lee has held presidencies at several national and international academic and professional organizations. He also served as advisor to various commissions and organizations, including the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In 2013 and, again, in 2014, Dr. Lee received the President’s Award and Medal for his leadership in educational and community service. In 1993, President Lee was honored by the Korean government with the title “Esteemed Korean Scholar” for his leadership in Korean Studies, including promoting Korean Studies and Korean culture. Among President Lee’s leadership activities include establishing the Urban Education Center in Los Angeles to serve minority and inner-city students and serving as President for the Association of Asian Pacific American Leadership in Education and the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Association. President Lee received his doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) and his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington (UW).
Chief of Staff
Dr. Walsch joined George Mason University Korea in spring, 2015. With over 40 years professional experience, Dr. Walsch is a published author, accredited public relations practitioner (APR), and honored instructor, supervisor and communication professional. He holds academic appointments in the fields of communication and business. In addition, he has an extensive knowledge of higher education, office management, media relations, speechwriting, public speaking, organizational spokesmanship, and audience/client development. Dr. Walsch earned his doctorate in communication at George Mason University, M.A. communication degree at Towson University, M.Ed. degree at Bowie University, and undergraduate degree in journalism at University of Tennessee. He is the author of nine books and maintains a regular blog, Why Communication Matters, accessible at www.myskeets.blogspot.com.
Dr. Crist is the newly appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at George Mason University Korea. He previously served as the Director of Research at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar from 2011 to 2015. He also held positions as the Associate Director of Research at the Center for International and Regional Studies and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Georgetown University. Dr. Crist brings more than ten years of leadership experiences from working at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program. He has more than 20 years teaching experiences at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Catholic University of America. During his educational career, Dean Crist has published over 25 articles and presented at more than 30 conferences. Dean Crist received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and completed his undergraduate at the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Min Park comes from George Mason University in Fairfax where she held the position of Acting Assistant Vice President for International Campus Operations since 2014 and as tenured Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Services since 2012. From the outset of planning for the Korea campus some six years ago, Dean Park played an active and leadership role in conducting a range of activities–from coordinating feasibility studies to preparing and developing proposals for accreditation from the Korea Ministry of Education. She also was the team leader in establishing relations with various organizations and agencies, including the Ministry of Technology, Industry, and Energy, Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, and the Incheon Global Campus Foundation. As the Dean of Administration, Dr. Park will have an overall oversight of professional staff as well as lead the Office of Accreditation and Compliance, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Logistics, and the Office of IT Services. She will also work in concert with the Dean of Academic Affairs in developing institutional policies and practices and with the C.F.O. in fiscal planning. She will continue to be our liaison to GMU Fairfax on administrative matters. Dean Park received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and her M.S. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and Hanyang University, respectively.
Richard Floyd joined GMU Korea in July 2016 as the Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment. Richard has comprehensive experience in higher education, including extensive and varied college and university admissions work. He has worked for multiple institutions and, prior to his position at GMU Korea, he was director of admissions for Ursinus College and also for Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Additionally, Richard served on the senior management team of Teach For America during that organization’s early years. Richard is an avid traveler, and he has visited approximately 90 countries across six continents during several enriching and exciting journeys around the world. As the Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment at GMU Korea, Richard supervises the university’s admissions, enrollment, marketing, and public relations teams.
Aaron Lyvers comes to GMU Korea from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, where he initially held the position of Finance Manager, then Director of Finance, and the last three years as Senior Director of Finance. While at CMU-Q, among his accomplishments include designing and implementing grant research programs, leading the university to successful audits from 2007, and securing multimillion dollar budgets to support degree programs. He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BBA degree from James Madison University. As the CFO and Controller, Mr. Lyvers will have an oversight responsibility of the Division of Finance and Planning, which includes the Office of Accounting and Finance, the Office of Human Resources and the soon-to-be developed Office of Institutional Planning. He will also provide critical executive level support and consultation to the leadership team and act as liaison between our university and outside taxing organizations and agencies and to the GMU Fairfax financial team.