Dean Jeffries from the School of Nursing in a meeting; Elliott School of International Affairs dean speaking at a podium; President Steven Knapp volunteering during Freshman Day of Service


“More than two centuries ago, George Washington called for the establishment of a great university to forge citizen-leaders. Today, our university is the embodiment of that vision as we engage the world from this nation’s capital. We take seriously our responsibility to educate future leaders, not only for the nation but for the world.”

President Steven Knapp

Board of Trustees

Nelson Carbonell

Board of trustees chair Nelson A. Carbonell

Overseen by the George Washington University Board of Trustees, our leadership team is committed to providing a unique and rigorous education to our students while creating a path of transformative growth to further solidify our position as one of the world’s premier research universities.

Led by chair Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., a 1985 alumnus of the university, the board is responsible for our university's governance. The board plays a key role in:

  • determining how the university will meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead
  • overseeing fiscal, academic and physical operations
  • providing leadership for the GW strategic initiatives, which are designed to enhance academics and student life

Meet President Steven Knapp

President Steven Knapp with his dog, Ruffles


Since becoming the sixteenth president of GW in August 2007, President Steven Knapp has helped to build the stature of GW as an intellectual contributor to national and global problems. He’s working to:

  • enhance our partnerships with neighboring institutions
  • expand the scope of our research
  • strengthen our worldwide community of alumni
  • increase student opportunities for public service
  • lead our transformation into a model of urban sustainability

President Knapp is the first GW president to live on campus and he and his wife, Diane Robinson Knapp, often share their home at the F Street House with the university community for events and gatherings.

Ruffles, President Knapp’s dog, has been known to befriend students on their way to class. If Ruffles chooses to stop you for a quick ear scratch, be sure to ask President Knapp about the time Chuck Brown, a go-go legend from the 1970s, praised his percussion skills.

 Learn More About President Knapp

A Vision for the Future

Vice Provost Forrest Maltzman meeting with students


The Office of the Provost supports all academic endeavors for GW’s schools and colleges.

Forrest Maltzman, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and his leadership team promote the efforts of our exceptional faculty and facilitate unparalleled educational and student life opportunities for our students.

The Office of the Provost leads implementation of the university’s strategic plan, Vision 2021, which is rooted in the pillars of globalization, policy and governance, cross-disciplinary collaboration and citizenship and leadership. The plan aims to provide a unique, rigorous education to every one of our students and build upon our stature as a research institution.



Review the Strategic Plan 

Vice Presidents

Our vice presidents provide senior leadership and strategic vision for all aspects of GW life. They leverage extensive practical experience in their fields and help to shape our next century of growth. They’re supported by faculty and staff members, including support personnel.

Jeffrey Akman

Jeffrey Akman

Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Ann McCorvey

Ann McCorvey

Deputy Executive Vice President and Treasurer


Beth Nolan

Beth Nolan

Senior Vice President and General Counsel



The GW academic experience is firmly rooted in each of our schools and colleges. Each GW dean serves as the chief administrative officer for their school and works closely with the president and provost on all academic affairs, as well as department chairs within their schools. Deans ensure that each school can maintain their own distinct identity while working together to create a dynamic and interdisciplinary learning environment.





Student Leadership

GW students don't just participate in campus life; they stimulate it and consistently make their mark.

Student leaders take shape in many forms from members of the Student Association to captains of varsity athletics and student organization presidents.

All student leaders, regardless of their role, work to start a conversation and make progress on an issue or topic. This could mean speaking out against sexual assault as part of a national movement through the White House’s It’s On Us campaign or holding meetings with administrators to make plans for the future.

Student Association President Erika Feinman

Erika Feinman, Student Association president
Class of 2018

Majors: Women's Studies and Political Science

"I believe that the best way to hold this office is to be as grounded as possible, keep your ear to the ground and remember that this position is about student representation. I want students to feel like they can come to the Student Association with their questions, problems and ideas. I am here to listen."