George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Neville, Frank

Academic Unit:Business Foundations
Position:Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications and Marketing at George Mason University and Adjunct for the School of Business
Office Location:2213 Merten Hall
Office Hours:By Appointment
  • BS - Political Science, Carleton College
  • MBA - Thunderbird School of Global Management

Prior to joining Mason in June, 2012, Mr. Neville was Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world's top-ranked school of international business. At Thunderbird, Mr. Neville was responsible for the school's global reputation and rankings while at the same time overseeing the school's advisory boards and managing a diverse global outreach and business development portfolio.

Prior to joining Thunderbird in 2004, Mr. Neville was a career diplomat with the United States Department of State. An accomplished foreign policy advocate, he has appeared on Nightline, The Today Show, 20/20, CNBC, CNN, BBC World Service and hundreds of other television programs in defense of U.S. policies. An experienced public speaker and debater, he has given numerous public presentations in Chinese, Spanish, and English to audiences throughout Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. While at the State Department, he achieved the highest levels of proficiency possible for a non-native speaker in Spanish and Mandarin.

During his 15 years in the State Department, Mr. Neville served in Taipei, Chengdu, Guatemala City, and Beijing. While in Taipei, he served as spokesperson for the unofficial U.S. mission to Taiwan. In Chengdu, he directed U.S. public diplomacy in a district of 190 million people, which included Tibet. He served as Spokesperson and Press Office Director at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, where he was deeply involved in U.S. law enforcement activities, including counter-terrorism, anti-narcotics, and immigration. While in Beijing, he helped design and execute U.S. public affairs strategy during the 2001 EP-3 hostage crisis and led the public defense of U.S. policy toward Iraq in preparation for U.S. military action in 2003. At the time of his resignation from the Department of State, Mr. Neville was the Foreign Service's most decorated officer under 40 years of age.

In addition to his service at the State Department, Mr. Neville worked in the Secretary of Defense's Office of Chinese Affairs and served on a Pearson Fellowship, first with the City of Nogales, Arizona and then in the Office of the Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano.