original article by Michele McDonald
Provost Peter Stearns tapped Matthew Zingraff to serve as the interim president of George Mason University’s upcoming campus in Songdo, Korea.
“I’m really grateful that Dr. Zingraff has taken this on,” Stearns says. “He’ll oversee crucial steps in the development of our campus there and its coordination with Mason Fairfax. He also can expand work already under way on related research collaborations in Korea.”
The Mason Songdo Campus is slated to open in March 2014. Korea’s Ministry of Education is expected to give final approval soon. Mason’s initial courses of study include management, economics and global affairs.
Songdo is part of Korea’s Incheon Free Economic Zone — a 42,000-acre area designed for 850,000 people. It’s an hour away from Seoul and a two-hour flight from China and Japan.
“It is an urban mecca for R&D and high-tech work, and George Mason University will be right in the middle of it,” says Zingraff, who served as interim vice president of research and economic development for Mason until the recent appointment of Vikas Chandhoke, former College of Science dean.
Mason Korea will be part of the Songdo Global University Campus, joining the University of Utah, Belgium’s Ghent University and the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, which opened last year.