George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

John Hillen Joins Mason as Executive in Residence

Written by Nicole Hitpas on .

hillen-johnThe Honorable Dr. John Hillen, a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high ranking U.S. government official, joins George Mason University's School of Business as Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice.

"I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of the School of Business at George Mason University as the Professor of Practice," said Hillen. "The school's commitment to leadership in the community as well as academic excellence and expertise in the government contracting space make it a singular leader in business and executive education for the key industry in our area."

As Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice, Hillen will bring unique business leadership experience into the classroom and provide students unparalleled perspective in the areas of government contracting and defense technology—key economic drivers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, Hillen has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia. For the past five years, he served as president and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions—awarded the 2012 GovCon Contractor of the Year award in the large company category. Hillen took Sotera public in 2009, one of the few successful IPOs in the American economy that year, and he currently serves as the company's vice chairman.

Hillen also serves as chairman of the Professional Services Council, the trade industry group for government contracting firms. He also sits on the boards of SOS International, Software AG Government Solutions, and National Review. He previously served as assistant secretary for political-military affairs for the U.S. Department of State and president of CGI Federal.

"We are delighted that Dr. Hillen is joining us and pleased that the expertise that he brings will enrich the educational experience of our students and enliven our engagement with the business and government contracting communities as we strategically position the school for the future," said Sarah Nutter, acting dean of the School of Business.

Hillen received the Fed100 award in 2011 and has been the subject of cover stories in Smart CEO Magazine, Government Computer News, and Washington Technology. A recognized industry leader in the technology contacting space, he earned his MBA from Cornell and PhD from Oxford. An experienced director of both public and private companies, he has served on the boards of over half a dozen federal contracting firms.

"The School of Business and George Mason are uniquely connected in myriad ways to the innovation engines of the economy in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area at large," said Hillen. "I'm excited to be a part of that."