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Alan G. Merten
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President of George Mason University
In office
1996 – June 30, 2012
Preceded by George W. Johnson
Succeeded by Ángel Cabrera
Personal details
Alan Gilbert Merten

(1941-12-27)December 27, 1941
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died May 21, 2020(2020-05-21) (aged 78)
Naples, Florida
Alma mater Stanford University
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alan Gilbert Merten (December 27, 1941 – May 21, 2020) was the fifth president of George Mason University.

Personal life

Merten was married to Sally Merten, and they had two children and four grandsons. Merten died on May 21, 2020 at a nursing home in Naples, Florida after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Merten received an undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a masters in Computer science from Stanford University, and a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Merten began his academic career as an engineering professor at the University of Michigan. Later he deaned the College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. Next he served as the dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Merten joined George Mason University as president in 1996 and retired on June 30, 2012.

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