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Racism on campus: Learning from old yearbooks

Posted: February 15, 2019 at 9:19 am, Last Updated: February 15, 2019 at 11:55 am

Lest we try to brush off the controversy over blackface photos in college yearbooks as a problem of other academic institutions in more southern latitudes, I asked our librarians to comb through the archives going all the way back to our beginnings in 1965 as a branch campus of the University of Virginia. Sadly, we […]

Excellence within reach: 2018 report

Posted: February 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Read the 2018 President’s Report to learn more about how George Mason University provided access to excellence in 2018. Our impact was greater than ever. We graduated the largest class in our history. We welcomed the largest, most diverse, and most academically prepared freshman class. We offered more pathways to a degree for students of […]

Schar School’s Fuller, Gov. Northam Deliver Economic Forecast

Posted: February 1, 2019 at 9:09 am

As many in the audience of nearly 600 regional business leaders already knew, 2018 was a pretty good year for the Washington, D.C., regional economy. But the business community’s leadership was attending the 27th Annual Economic Conference Thursday morning at the Tysons Hilton Hotel to hear what they didn’t know, and Schar School of Policy and Government professor […]

Leading the commonwealth in computing

Posted: January 28, 2019 at 10:12 am

When Deb Crawford, George Mason University’s vice president for research, assembled the data for the state’s pitch to bring Amazon to Northern Virginia, the numbers were eye-opening. Mason has nearly 5,000 undergraduate students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, information systems and operations management, cybersecurity and systems engineering—substantially more than Virginia’s other public […]

Mason and the U.S. Navy partner to promote STEM activities

Posted: January 28, 2019 at 10:03 am

Two teams of George Mason University seniors majoring in mechanical engineering are spending this semester applying what they’ve learned to a U.S. Navy-sponsored senior capstone project with real-world applications. That’s just what Oscar Barton Jr., chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering, had in mind with the $265,000 grant he received from the U.S. […]

Mason ranks among nation’s best employers for diversity

Posted: January 28, 2019 at 10:00 am

George Mason University is one of the nation’s best employers for diversity, according to a just-released evaluation by Forbes and its online statistics partner Statista. Mason is ranked 180th on the list of 500 companies in the annual rankings, which were released Jan. 15. The rankings include some of the country’s most influential and recognizable companies, including […]

Mason online programs trending upward in U.S. News rankings

Posted: January 28, 2019 at 9:58 am

George Mason University has some of the nation’s top online programs as evaluated by U.S. News & World Report in its just-released 2019 rankings, with several programs making significant gains over last year. Mason was ranked 24th in the category of information technology graduate programs; 39th (tied, and up from 56th in 2018) for non-MBA business […]

Mason’s winter graduation class largest in history

Posted: January 28, 2019 at 9:55 am

George Mason University held its largest Winter Graduation ceremony in university history at EagleBank Arena on Thursday, with more than 4,400  students earning degrees. This year’s class includes 2,749 bachelor’s degree recipients from 43 countries and 31 states. About 40 percent of graduates were the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. In addition, 1,501 […]

Welcome back: looking forward to another exciting year!

Posted: January 22, 2019 at 6:04 pm, Last Updated: January 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm

Dear colleague, Welcome back! I hope you had a pleasant winter break. We enter the new year coming off three major developments that promise to accelerate the growth of our impact and reputation: the successful completion of the Faster Farther Campaign, Mason’s role in supporting the new Amazon headquarters, and the reaffirmation of the university’s […]

Higher education and economic growth: Speech to the Virginia Bankers Association

Posted: January 10, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Speech to the Virginia Bankers Association. Richmond Convention Center. January, 10, 2019.  Thank you for inviting me today. It is not every day that a college president gets the opportunity to address a group of bankers, so I’ll make sure to use the privilege wisely—lest I be the last one you invite! To provide some context […]