Office of the President

Aristide J. Collins, Jr.



Aristide J. Collins Jr., Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary of the University

Aristide J. Collins Jr. is vice president, chief of staff and secretary of the university and has a courtesy faculty appointment in higher education administration. Dr. Collins served as vice president for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations during the public phase of the GW Making History campaign, which exceeded its goal and ended a year ahead of schedule.

  • The Office of the President includes the Office of the Board of Trustees, Government and Community Relations, and the F Street House.
  • The Office of the President engages with all university and community constituents to further GW’s academic mission and its aspiration for preeminence as a comprehensive, global research university.


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Key Functions





F Street House


The F Street House:

  • Provides a gathering place for small, intimate university events for students, faculty, alumni and community leaders.
  • Provides living quarters for the University president.
  • Highlights the role the house has played in the history of Washington D.C.   



Renee McPhatter



Government and Community Relations

Renee McPhatter, Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations

The Office of Government and Community Relations:

  • Oversees the strategic direction of the federal, state and local governmental activities of the university, as well as its community and business relations. 
  • Responsible for the university's government and community relations engagement with:  
    • Federal agencies and officials.
    • District of Columbia agencies and officials. 
    • Virginia agencies and officials. 
    • Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon neighbors and organizations



Johnathan Post



Office of the Board of Trustees

Jonathan Post, Assistant Vice President for Board Relations

The Office of the Board of Trustees:

  • Provides executive-level support to the Board of Trustees and individual trustees.
  • Serves as the liaison among the board, senior staff and other constituencies of the university.
  • Staffs meetings for the GW and Medical Faculty Associates boards.
  • Maintains the historical records of the board.



Betty Freyre



The Office of the President - Administration

Betty Freyre, Director of Administration

The Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer:

  • Oversees staff in the Office of the President and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Provides calendar supervision and related management for President Thomas LeBlanc, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz and Chief of Staff Aristide Collins Jr.




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Contact the Office of the President

 [email protected] • 202-994-6500


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