Static Header Image for Office of the President

Latest Posts

How well do we serve those who have the least?

Posted: October 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

With Kirk Heffelmire A sad reality across higher education is the fact that family wealth not only affects the probability of getting into a good college, but also the probability of graduating on time, finding a good job, and being in a position to pay back student loans. We looked at the most recent three-year student loan default rates, […]

A milestone in D.C.’s emergence

Posted: October 2, 2015 at 7:36 am, Last Updated: October 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

I was glad to see Mason included in Washingtonian magazine’s “50 Moments That Shaped Washington, DC.,” a recognition of the important role our university has played in building the educational, cultural, and economic fabric of the National Capital Region. Other important milestones on the list include the first full year of operation for the Beltway (1965), the construction of Tysons Corner […]

The Campaign for George Mason University

Posted: September 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

After years of preparation, I am very excited to move into the public phase of a campaign to raise $500 million in gifts for George Mason University. The details about this effort, our most ambitious ever, are available at The campaign will allow us to serve more students better. It will support our faculty as they pursue new […]

Mason graduates fuel region’s economic engine

Posted: September 15, 2015 at 9:00 am, Last Updated: September 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

When I arrived at Mason three years ago, College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark Ginsberg shared one statistic I still find quite remarkable: about one-half of the administrators and one-third of teachers in Northern Virginia schools are Mason alums. Since then, I’ve become accustomed to hearing similarly impressive statistics from Mason colleagues and CEOs of the largest […]

Welcome to Business Matters

Posted: September 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm, Last Updated: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 am

Look around the world. You will often find that at the heart of a thriving economy is a world-class research university. During the past 40 years, George Mason University has grown to play that role in Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region.  Now the largest public research university in Virginia, Mason aspires to deepen its […]

Mason and Northrop Grumman Work Together to Build Innovative Cyber Security Degree Program

Posted: September 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm, Last Updated: September 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  By Damian Cristodero When Peggy Brouse read a story this summer about hackers shutting down the engine of a cruising Jeep Cherokee, she immediately emailed Mike Papay. Papay is vice president and chief information security officer at Northrop Grumman. Brouse is an associate professor at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering. The two […]

Mason Committed to Being a Leader in Producing Career-ready Graduates

Posted: September 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm, Last Updated: September 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

By Damian Cristodero Christine Cruzvergara is often asked for evidence that George Mason University is a leader in producing career-ready graduates. Mason’s director of career services points to the FBI. Last year, the FBI interviewed 65 Mason soon-to-be graduates. It offered jobs to 58. Cruzvergara notes that those offers went to a range of disciplines, […]

Mason Appoints New Director of the Center for Regional Analysis

Posted: September 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm, Last Updated: September 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

By Buzz McClain George Mason University has named Terry Clower as the new director of the Center for Regional Analysis. Clower was previously the director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. The Center for Regional Analysis, housed at Mason’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, is […]

Excellence and equity in American universities

Posted: September 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm, Last Updated: September 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

With Kirk Heffelmire Yesterday I had the pleasure of discussing the present and future of higher education with the co-founder and chief of The Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein, and two other college presidents, Georgetown University’s John DeGioia and George Washington University’s Steve Knapp, at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. (The full 46-minute video is available […]

Why it matters that we develop our research capabilities

Posted: August 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire I appreciated the opportunity to tell the Mason story in this Washington Post profile appeared in the print section today.  As we discuss there, the common characteristic of the most innovative hubs in the world is the presence of one or several world-class research university.  That’s why we have as a goal to further […]