List of George Washington University faculty

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The George Washington University
Motto Latin: Deus Nobis Fiducia
Motto in English
God is Our Trust[1]
Type Private
Established February 9, 1821
President Steven Knapp
Academic staff
Students 24,531
Location Washington, D.C.
Campus Urban (Foggy Bottom)
Suburban (Mount Vernon and Virginia campuses)
Colors Buff and Blue

This is a list of notable George Washington University faculty, including both current and past faculty at the Washington, D.C. school, as well as university officials. As of 2007, The George Washington University employs approximately 1,130 full-time, in addition to part-time, faculty members across its three campuses.[2] Presidents John Quincy Adams and Ulysses Grant served on the Board of Trustees, as did Attorney General Eric Holder. Professors have been government officials, leading scientists, and others. Edward Teller, a physicist considered the father of the hydrogen bomb taught at GW. Frank Sesno, a CNN Special Correspondent, currently teaches in that field and since Fall of 2009, will be the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs. The current President of the University is Steven Knapp.

Current faculty[edit]



Selected faculty
United States Attorney General Eric Holder served on the Board of Trustees.
Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. is a former Law Professor.
Edward Teller A nuclear physicist, Teller was the father of the hydrogen bomb.
Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic studies, is a leading Iranian Islamic philosopher.
John Quincy Adams, President of the United States, served on the Board of Trustees in 1832.
President Ulysses Grant served as an honorary trustee from 1869 to 1877. His grandson was also a Trustee.

International affairs[edit]

Journalism and public affairs[edit]

Steven Livingston -Professor of Media and Public Affairs & International Affairs




Political Management[edit]

Political Management • Mark Kennedy – business executive, congressman, presidential appointee, introduced shapeholders to business strategy


Past faculty[edit]

Board of trustees[edit]


President Trachtenberg at his final GWU commencement

The President of The George Washington University is the University's chief executive officer, appointed by the Board of Trustees and required by it "to establish the University's vision, oversee its teaching and research mission and guide its future."[4] The current president of The George Washington University is Steven Knapp. On January 6 2017, the University announced that Thomas LeBlanc would serve as the 17th President of the George Washington University starting in July of 2017. [5]

Years President[6]
2007–Present Steven Knapp
1988–2007 Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
1965–1988 Lloyd Hartman Elliott
1961–1964 Thomas H. Carroll
1927–1959 Cloyd H. Marvin
1923–1927 William Mather Lewis
1918–1921 William Miller Collier
1910–1918 Charles H. Stockton
1902–1910 Charles W. Needham
1895–1900 Beniah Longley Whitman
1871–1874 James Clarke Welling
1859–1871 George W. Samson
1855–1858 Joseph Getchell Binney
1843–1854 Joel Smith Bacon
1828–1841 Stephen Chapin
1821–1827 William Staughton


  1. ^ "University Traditions & Spirit". The George Washington University Student & Academic Support Services. Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Full-Time Faculty by School, Gender, and Ethnicity". Office of Institutional Research & Planning, the George Washington University. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ Gallery of Birth Hoaxes
  4. ^ GW Overview | The George Washington University
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  6. ^ List of Presidents of the George Washington University

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Coordinates: 38°54′03″N 77°02′50″W / 38.900750°N 77.047100°W / 38.900750; -77.047100