GMU Will Add Loudoun Campus

George Mason University www.gmu.edu/ officials announced today they will establish a new campus in Loudoun
County on 123 acres near Routes 50 and 659. The property is being donated to the university by Greenvest LLC, a North Carolina developer. Here is the rest of the GMU news release:

The expansion, said university president Alan G. Merten, addresses
a growing demand in Loudoun County for higher education and enhances
George Mason's own "distributed university" concept in Northern Virginia.
"George Mason is pleased to be working closely with the leadership
of Loudoun County as, together, we provide opportunities for area residents
to have greater and easier access to their own educational growth," said
Merten. "By working in close conjunction with the governor, general
assembly and Greenvest, George Mason and the board of supervisors can help
the citizens of Loudoun County and the surrounding area better prepare for
the challenges that lie ahead."
University officials project its new Loudoun County campus will open
in fall 2009.
Currently, Mason offers credit classes in Loudoun County at the
Ridgetop II office park.
"We are excited that George Mason is establishing such a strong
presence here in Loudoun County," said Bruce Tulloch, vice chairman of the
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. "It is a first-rate educational institution
with a rich history and dynamic vision for the future. Loudoun County is proud
to be part of that vision."
Mason's upcoming plans for Loudoun County include:
"Offering undergraduate degree programs.
"Offering graduate level programs in such areas as technology and
management, teacher training, health professional training and public
administration.
"Conducting research in medical imaging, biotechnology and clinical trials.
"Providing training and research in air transportation.
Mason has been a presence in Loudoun County for several decades
since it began offering classes at the Center for Innovative Technology,
located along the Dulles Access Road. "We have enjoyed a strong and full
partnership with the community for many years now," said Merten. "Our long
term objective is to maintain a permanent and well-integrated presence in
Loudoun County."
Mason currently has campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William
County. In fall 2006, it is establishing a campus at Ras Al Khaimah in the
Middle East. This expansion is part of George Mason's mission to further
establish itself as a distributed university in which each of its campuses has a
distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its
region.
"Our intention is to work in close partnership with the leadership of
Loudoun County much as we have done with leaders from other parts of
Northern Virginia," said Merten. "Working to meet the educational needs of
area residents will make for a stronger and more prosperous region."

By Steve Fehr |  September 6, 2005; 1:06 PM ET  | Category:  Colleges and Universities
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