Honoring the Legacy of Founding Director Paul L. Posner

Naoru Koizumi
Associate Dean of Research and Grants

Ryan J. Pryke
Senior Grants Administrator

Office of Grant Development
Schar School of Policy and Government
George Mason University

3351 Fairfax Drive, MSN 3B1
Van Metre Hall, 5th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703.993.2280
Fax: 703.993.8215

Paul L. Posner’s distinguished career epitomized the concept of the public service—at the Government Accountability Office, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration, and George Mason University. His research made major contributions to the understanding of budgetary politics, federalism, and public management.

Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

At Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, Paul helped refashion the curriculum of the Master of Public Administration program to better prepare graduate students for public service careers in the 21st century. He also founded the Centers on the Public Service to address emerging challenges to governance at the federal, state, and local levels and the non-profit sector.

A memorial was held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Schar School to recognize Paul’s contributions and honor his dedication to the role of the pracademic in education, management, and public service.

As a special token of love and admiration, Dean Mark J. Rozell presented Paul’s family (wife Arlene and daughter Jennifer) with a picture of Paul signed by all of his close friends,  colleagues, and students.

The Schar School has established a scholarship fund in Paul’s name that will be awarded to qualified MPA students.

To donate, please visit Donations should be made payable to the “George Mason University Foundation,” with “Paul L. Posner MPA Scholarship Endowment” noted in the memo line.

Donations may be mailed to:

Zavin R. Smith, Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1, Arlington, VA 22201

For further information, please contact Zavin R. Smith at

Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Tim Conlan, Professor with the Schar School of Policy Government at George Mason University, Dr. Mark J. Rozell, Dean of the Schar School of Policy Government at George Mason University, Arlene Posner, and Jennifer Posner.