Education gives people the competence – and the confidence-- to believe that anything is possible. I am inspired by students who beat the odds of their life situation to complete degrees and elevate their lives, often times enduring personal and financial hardship to do so. I love coming to work at Mason with my colleagues who bring passion and creativity for figuring out ways to help more students beat their odds and better their lives.

Michelle Marks, PhD

Vice President

Michelle Marks, PhD

Vice President

Dr. Michelle Marks is the Vice President for Academic Innovation & New Ventures at George Mason University. In this capacity she is responsible for identifying, launching and sustaining educational initiatives that fulfill George Mason’s strategic plan and generate financial resources to support students, faculty and the educational mission. Charged with creating accessible student pathways and bringing learning science innovations to campus, Dr. Marks is leading strategic partnerships designed to deliver online programming at scale, create pathway programming for international students and support adult degree completion at Mason. She is also forging critical relationships with businesses, government and education institutions to support the university’s mission. Dr. Marks oversees Mason Learning Solutions, the Office of Digital Learning, the Academic Ventures project management group as well as academic initiatives, policy and registration.

Dr. Marks previously served as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Mason. As a Professor of Management in Mason’s School of Business, Dr. Marks has spent her career researching organizational leadership development and teamwork. She has published studies illustrating the dynamic nature of the collaborative processes used by organizational teams and the critical roles of team leaders. In 2006, Dr. Marks was honored with the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award and was the recipient of the Executive MBA Professor of the Year award in 2008 and 2011.