Peter Farrell, Business Administration ’79, MBA ’85, has a multitude of titles and credits to his name. A role that he is now preparing to retire from is that of faculty and capstone course coordinator for the Information Sciences & Technology Department at the Volgenau School of Engineering. True to his nature, Farrell does not leave his position without continuing to give back. Encouraged by his teaching adjuncts, he establishing the Peter J. Farrell Scholarship Endowment to aid first-generation college students and veterans at George Mason University.
As an avid volunteer, Farrell has divided his time serving as chair of the Annual Fund Committee, Capital Campaign Leadership Committee, treasurer and president of the George Mason Alumni Association, and member of the School of Business Building Campaign Steering Committee. “Mason is my home,” he says. “It helped me achieve the success I have had. But more importantly, Mason gave me a ‘family’ that accepts anyone willing to try.” Farrell’s volunteer work is not limited to the university, as he also coaches sailing for the Special Olympics. “Pete has provided exceptional leadership and support to Mason in a variety of roles, and perhaps more importantly he has been a friend, mentor, and confidante to many of us,” says School of Business Alumni Chapter President and adjunct faculty at Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Business Scott Hine, BS Decision Science ’85.
Prior to his time at Mason, Farrell served the country in Vietnam as part of an aircrew in charge of communication on a P3-type patrol aircraft—service for which he was recognized with the Navy Unit Commendation. Following his stint in Vietnam and another year flying out of Iceland, Farrell transitioned to working in commercial and government IT consulting in positions that included vice president of finance, vice president and general manager, and senior vice president of IT consulting. With so much to offer in leadership, expertise, and interpersonal skills, service to others has long been a cornerstone of Farrell’s life, as has Mason. “It was wonderful to see the interaction among all the Mason alums,” recalls his wife, Lenore. “And to be accepted so warmly even though I am not a Mason graduate. I too felt like it was a second home.”
Recounting his storied career at Mason, what stands out the most to Peter Farrell are the students he’s taught. “Smart, caring, dedicated, and engaged—the future is bright, and Mason grads will make it happen,” he says. While Farrell retires from one position, he plans to continue mentoring, leading, and giving back through other avenues. “Pete’s service to the school and university has an extraordinary impact on so many individuals—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and many others,” says School of Business Dean Maury Peiperl. “He serves as an inspiration for what can be accomplished here at Mason.”