Archive for 2013

Innovación y educación superior, Universidad de Los Andes

Posted: June 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I had the pleasure of visiting Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá this past weekend.  I had several discussions with the President and board, the Dean of the school of government (my host), faculty and administration.  I was impressed by the caliber of faculty, the modern infrastructure and the evolving mission.  I include below a […]

The real return of education is not cash but choices

Posted: May 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Northern Virginia Community College Commencement Address Fairfax, VA, May 19, 2013 Good afternoon.  It is a true pleasure to welcome the Northern Virginia Community College family to the Mason campus! You know what NoVa stands for, right?  A cataclysmic explosion on the surface of a star that makes the star to suddenly brighten up.  This […]

Inauguration Speech

Posted: April 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

A most heartfelt thank you to all students, staff and faculty for putting together a memorable and uniquely Mason inauguration event. Thank you also to our community and our fellow academics who joined in the moment. It was a moving celebration of higher education and George Mason University’s unique approach. Here goes my portion of […]

Globally minded leaders, essential to business survival

Posted: April 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

I was recently invited by CDC Development Solutions to speak at their 4th annual conference on International Corporate Volunteerism.  The question I was asked to address was: can international volunteerism help develop the skills and attitudes of successful global leadership?  The answer, based on our work “Being Global“, is a clear “yes”. The attached video […]

Inauguration matters

Posted: April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

It’s taken me a while to come to terms with this tradition in American higher education to inaugurate new college presidents with great pomp and circumstance, and to do so several months after the official appointment. As per the peculiar timing, Virginia Governor McDonnell explained it best during the inauguration of fellow president Jonathan Alger […]

Join the Global Elite

Posted: April 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

My article “Join the Global Elite” with Gregory Unruh appears in the May edition of the Harvard Business Review.  It draws from our book “Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World” published by HBR last year. Our central argument is that global leaders are made, not born, and that anyone […]

Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

Posted: April 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Thank you to all students who participated in last week’s “Ask Me Anything” on Mason’s Sub-Reddit.  I really enjoyed content and format.  Social media does not cease to amaze me!  A summary of the conversation is also available at the Washington Business Journal. Share this!

Washington and higher education

Posted: March 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I’ve been spending some time reading about how the Founding Fathers of the United States thought about higher education   (one interesting perspective on this matter is Susan Dunn’s “Dominion of Memories”).  As it turns out, Washington, who didn’t go to college, dreamed of a national university that would bring Americans together and contribute to […]

#justdivein (or why I use social media)

Posted: March 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I was invited by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to write about why and how I use social media in my role as university president.  The article is available here. An excerpt follows: More than 400 volunteer curators— including students, faculty, journalists, politicians and entrepreneurs from around the world—select news for me […]

Empathy, the glue that holds a business together

Posted: March 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

What a treat it was to be able to spend time this week with Bill Drayton (Ashoka), Carly Fiorina (ex HP) and Julie Rogers (Meyer Foundation) discussing the role of empathy in business, thanks to Arlington Economic Development (the Washington Post published a good summary of the panel yesterday). At its core, a business is about […]