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Company Overview of The George Washington University

Company Overview

The George Washington University is an education institution that provides higher education in fields such as arts, science, fine arts, music, accountancy, and business administration. The schools of the university include Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The School of Business and Public Management, The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and The School of Public Health and Health Services. The George Washington University was formerly known as Columbian University and changed its name to The George Washington University in 1904. The institution was founded in 1821 and is based in Washingt...

2121 Eye Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052

United States

Founded in 1821





Key Executives for The George Washington University

President and Ex Officio Member
Age: 65
Marketing and Athletic Development Assistant
Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

The George Washington University Key Developments

The George Washington University Appoints Wendy Helgemo as Inaugural Director of the Atandt Centerfor Indigenous Politics and Policy

The George Washington University appointed Wendy Helgemo as Inaugural Director of the Atandt Centerfor Indigenous Politics and Policy GW-based research and advocacy center established in February that provides support to tribal leaders and promotes public awareness on issues of national significance to indigenous communities, including public health, adequate housing, economic security and education. Ms. Helgemo, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, has more than 20 years of experience in indigenous law and policy. She most recently was senior advisor on Indian affairs to Sen.

George Washington University Announces Executive Changes

George Washington University announced that Thomas LeBlanc began his tenure on August 1, 2017 as president. LeBlanc succeeds Steven Knapp, who completed 10 years as GW president before stepping down on July 31, 2017.

The George Washington University Announces Management Appointments

George Washington University announced initial staff appointments for the Office of the President. Aristide Collins will serve as vice president, chief of staff and secretary of the university. Betty Freyre has been named director of administration. As chief of staff, Dr. Collins will serve as the primary interface for the president with other university personnel and external constituents. He will work closely with Dr. LeBlanc to oversee execution of university strategic initiatives and operations. Ms. Freyre will manage and direct the daily operations of the Office of the President, including coordinating scheduling, briefings and travel for Dr. LeBlanc and providing daily supervision of office staff. Since January, Dr. Collins has served as chair of the Presidential Transition Working Group, coordinating visits of the incoming president and seeking input from and facilitating meetings and forums with students, faculty, staff and alumni, elected officials and other university partners and community members. He also has continued to manage the Office of the Board of Trustees and act as the administrative liaison between the trustees and university leadership, a responsibility he will retain as chief of staff. He previously also served as vice president for development and alumni relations, overseeing the university's recently concluded Making History Campaign, which surpassed its $1 billion goal one year ahead of schedule. Dr. Collins led the division to its fundraising total ever in 2015 and streamlined central development functions to provide more resources in the university's schools and colleges. Ms. Freyre has worked with Dr. LeBlanc since 2008 and has reported to him directly since 2011, serving most recently as senior manager of business operations in the University of Miami Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. In this role, Ms. Freyre directed the daily office operations for the provost and vice president of budget and planning, supervised and managed the workflow and activities of the office staff, and functioned as the primary liaison for the provost with other university officials and external constituents. Ms. Freyre previously served as executive assistant to the executive vice president and provost and as the executive assistant to the vice provost for faculty affairs. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Ms. Freyre served in a series of roles in marketing, sales and administration at Sony Electronics Inc. in Miami. Dr. Collins and Ms. Freyre join Chaka Butler, who continues to serve as director of the F Street House; Jessica Finger, assistant manager of the F Street House; and Kitty Boney, executive aide for the Office of the President.

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