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Thanks for a great year….and for a bright future

Posted: June 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Dear Colleagues, Summer is traditionally the time when we look back on the academic year and reflect on our accomplishments. We have many to celebrate, and they all contribute to our collective effort to build a world-class research university in the heart of this dynamic, world-changing region. 
 With that in mind, I’d like to […]

W. T. Woodson High School Graduation Speech

Posted: June 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

Thank you Woodson Class of 2015 for inviting me to be part of your special day. And thanks to my son Alex, who’s graduating with you today, for not vetoing me! I am really touched. Parents are rarely invited to speak at high school graduations. I realize what a rare privilege this is. I will […]

Idea Power: Business, Academia and the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted: June 25, 2015 at 9:43 am, Last Updated: June 25, 2015 at 9:45 am

I returned last night from the United Nations-sponsored Global Forum for Responsible Management Education (which I had the honor to MC) inspired and optimistic about the future.  When we wrote the Principles for Responsible Management Education in 2007, higher education institutions played little if no role in shaping the global development agenda.  Eight years later, more […]

Lowest student loan default rate means real value for students

Posted: June 23, 2015 at 7:02 am

A college degree should help build – not mortgage – a student’s future. And a Mason degree does just that. I am pleased – but not at all surprised – that George Mason ranks No. 1 nationally on the list for the lowest student loan default rate among U.S. public universities. This ranking underscores what […]

What college presidents discuss

Posted: June 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm, Last Updated: June 18, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I’m spending the day at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council of Presidents. In the odd chance you’ve been wondering what presidents discuss when they get together, here’s a rough sample of topics: – As a former university president, Senator Lamar Alexander feels the pain of ever-growing higher education rules regulations and is committed to […]

Thank you, Peterson Family

Posted: June 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Today was a tremendous day in the continued trajectory of our university. In a ceremony this afternoon we announced a $10 million gift from the Peterson Family Foundation that helped us break ground for a state-of-the-art academic building. That facility, at the north end of the Fairfax Campus, will become home for many of our […]

State task force recommendations will make campuses safer

Posted: June 10, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Dear Mason Community, The Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, of which I was a member, recently developed a list of 21 recommendations that we believe will help make students safer on Virginia college campuses. The task force, chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring, included state officials, students, law enforcement and health professionals, […]

What’s in a name?

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm, Last Updated: May 8, 2015 at 4:28 pm

In case you haven’t heard, starting July 1, the emblematic Patriot Center on our Fairfax Campus will be known as EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. The new name is part of a 10-year agreement with EagleBank, the largest community bank in the National Capital Region. The alliance will provide millions of dollars for facility […]

Integration and Innovation: the role of higher ed

Posted: April 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire I was delighted to be invited by the Council of the Americas to speak at their annual conference this week.  It is reassuring to see an impressive group of leaders from government, business and multilateral organizations appreciate the central role that higher education plays in driving integration and innovation, the themes of the […]

Announcing Mason’s Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research

Posted: April 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Letter to the Mason community: Dear Patriot, Yesterday, we took a major step towards our goal of becoming one of the nation’s top research universities: We launched the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research and announced the naming of our campus in Prince William County as the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus. The Institute […]