Cissy Petty and Tanya Vogel smiling; Aristide Collins speaking at a podium; President LeBlanc smiling with two students


Board of Trustees


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 Grace Speights, a 1982 alumna of GW Law, 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

Grace Speights

Board of trustees chair Grace Speights



GW President Thomas LeBlanc

Thomas J. LeBlanc

17th President
The George Washington University

"I believe [higher education] is the strongest force for social mobility in the United States. And that’s what gets me up in the morning. Being a part of that."




Senior University Leadership

Our senior leadership team provide 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.


Donna Arbide

Donna Arbide

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Barbara Bass

Barbara Bass

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

Aristide Collins Jr.

Aristide Collins

Vice President, Chief of Staff, and Secretary of the University

Mark Diaz

Mark Diaz

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Cissy Petty

Cissy Petty

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students





Student Leadership

Student leaders take shape in many forms from members of the Student Association to captains of varsity athletics and student organization presidents. GW students don't just participate in campus life; they stimulate it and consistently make their mark.

All student leaders, regardless of their role, work to start a conversation and make progress on an issue or topic.