Saturday, September 15, 2007

David W. RossellAssociate Provost

David William Rossell, 52, who was associate provost for personnel and budget at George Mason University, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 10 at his home in Pratts, Va.

Dr. Rossell began working at GMU in 1984 as the manager for compensation and benefits. From 1988 to 1992, he served as assistant provost and then associate provost for administration and budget.

In addition to his administrative duties, he also taught night classes in public personnel administration and human resource management at GMU and Northern Virginia Community College.

He was involved with GMU's higher education program, which prepares students for administrative and leadership positions in two- and four-year colleges. He also worked on the university's early development of the Ras Al Khaimah campus in the United Arab Emirates and other international efforts. In 2006, he served as acting dean of the RAK Campus.

Dr. Rossell was born in Fort Worth. He received a bachelor's degree in 1977 from the University of Montana and a master's degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Virginia in 1980. He received a doctor of arts degree in community college education from GMU in 2000.

Before coming to GMU, he taught history in Nebraska and was a middle school social studies teacher and an assistant principal in Orange, Va. He was also head wrestling and track coach at the school in Orange.

He operated a bed and breakfast in Madison County for five years with his wife and developed and ran an Internet sales business.

He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow and received the God and Country Award. He enjoyed photography, biking, hiking and travel.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Susan J. Rossell of Pratts; his mother, Marguerite E. Rossell of York, Pa.; and a brother.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

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