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George Mason University School of Business Establishes Center for Government Contracting

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The George Mason University School of Business Center for Government Contracting will establish the first-in-the-nation university center that is the research, education and training, and collaboration nexus for government, industry, and academia to address business, policy, regulatory and other issues in government contracting. Dean Maury Peiperl has formally chartered the Center through May 2021.

“The School of Business’ Government Contracting leadership, scholarship, and outreach is an essential part of our identity and value to the university, our students, and the public and private sectors,” said Peiperl. “Elevating the university’s Government Contracting Initiative to full Center status brings resources to bear that will drive engagement, support strategies for student success; drive increased faculty engagement with government, industry, alumni, and other stakeholders; support the creation of new assets for the entire GovCom community; and fuel thought leadership in the field of government contracting at George Mason University.”

To that end, the Center will hold its first public event on Dec. 11, Growth Drivers in the Government Contracting Marketplace, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Falls Church Fairview Park Marriott. As companies pursue revenue and market share in today’s environment, they are increasingly looking to mergers and acquisitions to meet company board and/or shareholder targets for growth. From L3 — Harris to SAIC — Engility to Northrop Grumman — Orbital ATK, the scale of transactions has exploded in recent months. Is M&A the right approach for all companies, however? To better understand what drives value in the government contracting marketplace, the Center will explore recent events and trends by going under the hood with several prominent analysts and practitioners who have studied and lived the dynamics of the government contracting marketplace for many years.

“We have made tremendous progress and have an exciting series of activities underway. We have launched research efforts to help explore important issues facing the government contracting community; we are pursuing education and training initiatives to build government contracting competencies for our students, industry, and government; and we are developing an exciting set of partnerships with government and industry. I am extremely pleased that Maury has chartered this Center and I very much look forward to continuing to build it out over the coming months,” said Jerry McGinn, the Center’s executive director.

Center for Government Contracting Vision

The vision of the Center for Government Contracting (CGC) is to establish the first-in-the-nation university center that is the research, education, and training, and collaboration nexus for government, industry, and academia to address business issues in government contracting.

The School of Business at George Mason University is uniquely positioned to create this Center by virtue of the composition of our faculty and students as well as our geographic co-location with the Federal Government and many headquarters and major facilities of companies that make up the $500 billion government contracting (GovCon) industry.

The strategy for the Center is to conduct a series of programs, courses, and activities over the next three years that will bring this vision to life. This strategy will be focused around three lines of effort: Research, Collaboration, and Education and Training.

For additional information and upcoming events, visit the Center’s website.