College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

M.A., George Mason University

Executive in Residence - Recreation Management, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism
Recreation Management
Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Contact Information

Send email to Mr. Gilbert

Phone: (703) 359-4600
Fax: (703) 993-2025
Email: pgilber4 (

NOVA Parks
5400 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039


Paul Gilbert is Executive-in-Residence for the Recreation Management Program within the College of Education and Human Development, at George Mason University.

For a decade, Gilbert has been the Executive Director of NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) a destination park agency with operations in three counties and three cities in Northern Virginia.  Gilbert has helped NOVA Parks grow its enterprise revenues by 70%, and its parklands by nearly 20%.  Prior to NOVA Parks, Gilbert ran a land conservation non-profit, and worked in the private sector doing marketing and corporate acquisitions.

He has written two books and numerous articles.  In 2014, he wrote High Performance Agencies: The Entrepreneurial Model for Public Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Organizations, released by Sagamore Publishing. Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association said, “The publication of this book is very timely for the park, recreation and tourism industry.  Paul provides clarity and a vision for the future.”  In 2011, Gilbert wrote Lead Like a General: Modern research on leadership as seen through the Civil War, released by Marquis Press.  This book was a finalist in two national book awards.

Gilbert was a founding Board member of both the Virginia Recycling Association, and Virginia United Land Trusts. He served as a Regent and Board Chairman of the NRPA Revenue Development and Management School at Oglebay.  He is a board member and 2014/2015 Chairman of Visit Fairfax, Fairfax County’s destination marketing organization.  He serves on the Virginia Outdoors Plan Technical Advisory Committee, and previously served on the Governor’s Natural Resource Partnership, and was a Regional Co-Chair of a State Park and Natural Areas Bond Campaign.

Since 2009, Gilbert has taught PRLS 410, Administration of Park, Health and Tourism Organizations.  He has also assisted numerous students with internship and career advice.  As Executive-in-Residence, Gilbert will also be the faculty advisor for the Rho Phi Lambda national honor fraternity for Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies at George Mason University.



Master of Arts – George Mason University, VA

Bachelor of Arts – St. Andrews University, NC

Certificate of Professional Development – Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, PA