George Mason University Welcomes New Top Leaders

Fairfax, Va.—At a meeting held on July 2, the George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV) unanimously elected a new rector to lead the board and welcomed the university’s sixth president, Ángel Cabrera, on his first day on the job.

C. Daniel Clemente, who was first appointed to the BOV in 2010, was named the new rector.

“I am pleased and honored to serve as rector of the George Mason University Board of Visitors, especially as the university welcomes a new president,” Clemente said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Cabrera and continuing to move the university forward as a leading institution of higher education in Virginia and the nation.”

With an enrollment of more than 33,000 students, Mason is the largest university in the state.

Clemente, who will lead the university’s 16-member policy-making and oversight body, has had a career spanning more than 30 years as an attorney, consultant and trustee. In addition, he has developed and manages a large personal real estate portfolio.

Clemente succeeds Ernst Volgenau, who served on the BOV for eight years. The board also elected Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer as vice rector and Edward J. Newberry as secretary.

Prior to the BOV meeting, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced his selections to fill vacancies on the board. Three are new members, and one is a reappointment.

The new members are:

  • Stuart Mendelsohn, executive partner of the Northern Virginia office of Holland & Knight LLP who is also a 1984 Mason Law alumnus. He practices in the areas of real estate, land use, government affairs and corporate law. Mendelsohn served for eight years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and two years as vice chair of the Fairfax County School Board. He is currently chair of the Executive Committee of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Robert Pence, president of The Pence Group, a real estate management company. Among the properties his company owns and operates are the Dulles Expo Center; a Staybridge Suites in McLean, Va.; a Holiday Inn in Chantilly, Va.; and several other retail properties and office buildings throughout Northern Virginia.
  • M. Siddique Sheikh, president of National Management Company, which owns several retail service stations and various other franchise businesses. He also holds financial interests in insurance, hotels, real estate and banking companies. He is the founder of the Pakistan American Business Association and the Pakistan American University Group.

Kimberly O. Dennis, president of Searle Freedom Trust, was reappointed to the BOV.

The new appointments, which are effective immediately, are for four years.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University—Where Innovation Is Tradition.