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Aug. 15, 2007

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FAIRFAX, Va. – George Mason University men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga has been named associate professor in Mason’s School of Management. Larranaga will be teaching in the Executive MBA Program in the areas of high performing teams and leadership.

Coach Larranaga has been a guest lecturer at Mason over the past10 years and in fall 2006 piloted a seminar based on his “Habits of Excellence” titled A Path to Leadership and Sustained High Performance. With more than two decades coaching under his belt, including a whirlwind trip to the Final Four in March 2006, Larranaga has years of experience creating high performing teams and crafting leaders, both on and off the court.

“Teaching has always been my passion and basketball my main subject,” said Larranaga. “Coaching is all about teamwork and leadership. Teaching players to come together as a team is the same on the court as it is in the corporate world.”

Due to scheduling constraints with the basketball season, Larranaga will not teach full-time but will continue to be an invited speaker in classes on leadership, management and team development. Two of the courses in which Larranaga will regularly present are Building the High Performing Team and Leadership and the Role of the General Manager. Larranaga also will participate in other seminars and open enrollment programs sponsored by the Executive MBA Program.

“We are very excited to have Coach Larranaga join the faculty in the School of Management,” said Dean Richard Klimoski. “His talent for creating a vision and then motivating and empowering others to make that vision their mission is a perfect fit with the goal of the School of Management and Mason’s Executive MBA Program.”

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About The School of Management
The School of Management (SOM) educates and empowers future generations of business leaders through world-class teaching, innovative academic programs and close partnerships with regional and global businesses. Established in 1971, SOM has grown rapidly in both its regional and international reputation. SOM prepares students for increased globalization through a range of academic programs and international alliances. It is one of only 170 business schools world-wide whose programs in both business and accounting are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools International (AACSB). At the graduate level, the School of Management is one of only six business schools in the country to require international residences for its graduate students.

About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 law schools in the United States.