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A world-class university = a world-class faculty

Posted: August 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Congratulations to our faculty for Mason being recognized once again by the Academic Ranking of World Universities as one of the top 200 research universities in the world and one of the top 100 in the U.S. This is a terrific distinction for any university, let alone a young one like ours, barely in its 40s! To put […]

What’s in a website?

Posted: August 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit our new home website. I hope you like it as much as I do. It took a lot of people to gather input from multiple constituencies, test alternative concepts, and produce a final design. I want to thank each one of them and congratulate them […]

Bienvenidos: Governor’s summit highlights Hispanic enrollment growth

Posted: August 5, 2015 at 8:01 am, Last Updated: August 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

Today on the Arlington Campus, Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe are hosting a Latino Summit to share information about Commonwealth resources and services and to collect input from the Latino community. Latinos are an important and growing part of Northern Virginia. And Mason. In Northern Virginia, the Hispanic community has grown much […]

Okay, parents. I get it now.

Posted: August 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm

For years, from all over Virginia, the United States and the world, you have sent your children off to George Mason. You’ve fretted about them leaving home. You’ve wondered how they will adapt to college. You’ve fumbled to find that sweet spot between the pride of their accomplishments and potential and the gut punch of […]

Who pays for college?

Posted: July 27, 2015 at 9:32 am, Last Updated: July 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

With Kirk Heffelmire Much has been said and written about the ballooning ($1.2 trillion and counting) student debt in the U.S.. But what does that mean in practice?  A recent study by Sallie Mae puts it in context. – This last year, families spent $24K in college per student, about the same as they did […]

The new face of success

Posted: July 17, 2015 at 9:00 am, Last Updated: July 14, 2015 at 4:16 am

Has someone ever described you in a way that was spot-on but in terms that you yourself had never considered? I had an experience like that recently regarding Mason. In a conversation with Virginia Senator Mark Warner, he said, “Every time I come to Mason, I feel like I’m looking at the new face of America.” So […]

Over-qualification, a dangerous term

Posted: July 14, 2015 at 4:06 am, Last Updated: July 15, 2015 at 3:43 am

Thanks to Spain’s Fundación CYD and the Conference of University Presidents, I moderated a panel yesterday at a conference on the employability of college graduates in the headquarters of Banco Santander. The issue is of particular importance in Spain, where unemployment has soared since the onset of the 2008 crisis. The press has payed much attention to the growing unemployment […]

A life between two higher education systems

Posted: July 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

Congratulations to the Spanish Fulbright Association on its 25th anniversary and a heartfelt thank you for inviting me to join in the celebrations with a lecture in Madrid’s Casa América last week. Thanks to the Fulbright program I have had the unique opportunity to be a student, a professor and an administrator in Europe and […]

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 […]