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Media highlights impact of Amazon’s HQ2 decision on our region and university

Posted: November 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm, Last Updated: November 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

The Federal News Network’s “What’s Working in Washington” show/podcast hosted Opus8 CEO Tien Wong, Greater Washington Partnership CEO Jason Miller and myself for a roundtable discussion about the opportunities Amazon HQ2 will bring to Northern Virginia and to the D.C. region. We had a fairly strong agreement as to the transformative power Amazon will have […]

Make America welcoming to international students again

Posted: November 15, 2018 at 7:57 am

My op-ed in the Washington Post, November 13, 2018 The number of people from other countries who choose to come to the United States to study is declining, and that should worry all of us. According to the Open Doors report just released by the Institute of International Education, new international student enrollment declined for the second […]

Welcome to our neighborhood, Amazon!

Posted: November 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm, Last Updated: November 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Today, Amazon announced that it will establish a second headquarters in Arlington. This is great news for Virginia, the greater Washington region and our university. I am proud to have worked with the Governor, his team and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to make it happen and I’m grateful to all the members of our […]

Stronger than hate

Posted: November 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm, Last Updated: November 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm

Opening of the women’s and men’s basketball season. EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA. November 6, 2018.  I am very excited about the new basketball season.   But before we start, I want us to come together as a community and remind one another of the values that bind us together.   Our diversity makes us stronger. […]

Striving to build a more tolerant, pluralistic society

Posted: November 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm, Last Updated: November 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Dozens of colleagues at Mason have expressed their condemnation of remarks made by an adjunct instructor on television in recent days and have stated that this person “does not speak for George Mason University.” I agree, he doesn’t. Mason is an inclusive community that values diversity of people and ideas. We honor and protect the […]

Access to excellence: Higher education’s innovation imperative

Posted: October 30, 2018 at 11:21 am

Speech to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, October 30, 2018 The history of higher education in America has been one of ever-expanding access. The progress has been extraordinary, but it hasn’t been easy. It has been driven by a few major policy, financial and institutional innovations that had a dramatic impact in […]

A new statue at the Scalia Law School

Posted: October 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

The momentous unveiling of the Antonin Scalia statue at the law school last week, in the presence of five Supreme Court Justices, reminded me of something the late Scalia once said: “the worst opinions in my court have been unanimous, because there’s nobody on the other side pointing out all the flaws.” I hope the new […]

Working to eradicate sexual violence

Posted: October 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Sent to students, faculty, and staff early this week: Dear Patriot: I know that the last few days and weeks have been difficult for survivors of sexual assault as well as their families and friends. Last week, I asked if our Student Service and Title IX reporting units have seen an increase in survivors coming […]

Raising awareness of sexual assault on campus

Posted: September 23, 2018 at 11:54 am, Last Updated: September 23, 2018 at 11:57 am

As the senate judiciary committee hearings continue, I’m struck by the staying power of the myths that surround sexual assault and the treatment received by those who choose to come forward to speak their truth.  Colleges and universities have been in the spotlight consistently over the last few years as many of us have attempted […]

Mason growing in size and stature at the same time

Posted: September 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm, Last Updated: September 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

Below is a message I shared today with faculty and staff: Dear Colleague, This fall, we welcomed the most impressive incoming class in George Mason University’s history. The freshman class is the largest, the most diverse and boasts the strongest academic credentials of any incoming class ever to enter Mason. Our latest group of students […]