David A. Farris


David Farris is the Executive Director for Safety and Emergency Management at George Mason University. In addition to developing the university’s emergency management program, David helped design and implement environmental protection, laboratory safety, occupational safety, and fire safety programs while working for the university’s department of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management. David has extensive experience collaborating with administrators and faculty on a variety of projects and has served on numerous committees to address topics to include but not limited to minors on campus, space utilization and schedule, international student and faculty travel, threat assessment, emergency operations, and governance for state and national associations. David completed his Ph.D. with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2016 and is an affiliate faculty member with George Mason University’s Higher Education Program. His research interests include organizational citizenship behavior, university committees, and small group research. David also holds an MBA from George Mason University’s School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Texas A&M University. For more information about David’s research and work, please visit https://universityadmin.com

Author's Books

Understanding University Committees

How to Manage and Participate Constructively in Institutional Governance


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