Office of the President

The Office of the President includes the Office of the Board of Trustees, Government and Community Relations, and the President's Residence.

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






President's Residence

Jessica L. Barnes, House Manager, President's Residence

President's Residence:

  • 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 E. Post, Vice President for Board Relations and Secretary of the University

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:

  • Oversees staff in the Office of the President.
  • Provides calendar supervision and related management for President Ellen M. Granberg.







Events and Venues

Paul Hegarty, Associate Vice President

Events and Venues:

  • Creates, executes and supports traditional University Events such as Convocation and Commencement

  • Supports and staffs Executive Events hosted by the President, Provost and members of the Leadership Team

  • Provides logistic and production support for events hosted on campus in GW Specialty Event Spaces

  • Provides event guidance and support to the schools and units




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Contact the Office of the President

 [email protected] • 202-994-6500

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