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Pell Grant recipient graduation rates show Mason is delivering inclusive excellence

Posted: May 21, 2018 at 8:42 am

With Kirk Heffelmire A central part of Mason’s mission as the largest and most diverse public university in the state is to provide educational opportunities for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Among all seniors graduating last week, more than one quarter qualified for Pell grants, the Federal financial aid program supporting low-income students. How well […]

A visit from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Tom Barkin

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 9:41 am

At Mason last week, Thomas Barkin made his first public appearance since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as President and CEO in January. This was a terrific opportunity for our students, faculty, staff, and greater community to learn more about the role the Fed plays in setting monetary policy, strengthening our financial system, […]

My column in the Chronicle of Higher Education on donor involvement

Posted: May 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm, Last Updated: May 17, 2018 at 9:37 am

You have likely seen news reports on a recent controversy regarding some past gift agreements at the university. The Washington Post ran an editorial on the issue on May 6 (with an important clarification subsequently added) and posted my response on May 11. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial of May 11 takes a different position. […]


Posted: April 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

National Decision Day for high school seniors is May 1. For students (and their parents) who have been accepted into one of Virginia’s universities, congratulations. You’re going to be attending a great institution no matter where you go. Virginia colleges are ranked No. 1 by SmartAsset based on student-to-faculty ratio, average net price, undergraduate graduation […]

Mason at forefront tackling Northern Virginia’s opioid epidemic

Posted: April 19, 2018 at 11:45 am, Last Updated: May 11, 2018 at 11:49 am

George Mason University on April 19 hosted a daylong symposium to examine ways to eradicate the opioid crisis in Northern Virginia, an event that gathered stakeholders from around the state and federal government, including Gov. Ralph Northam and U.S. representatives Barbara Comstock (VA-10) and Gerald Connolly (VA-11). The symposium in Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax […]

Mason leads public-private partnership discussion with P3•EDU conference

Posted: April 11, 2018 at 9:55 am, Last Updated: May 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

George Mason University this month held a two-day conference with higher ed leaders, business executives and industry media to discuss the impact of public-private partnerships on higher education. The event drew presidents, provosts and senior leaders from more than 100 colleges and universities and included an inside look at the most talked about partnership in […]

Fewer international students coming to the U.S. should be a top policy concern

Posted: April 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire In preparation for my coming Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond board meeting, where we plan to discuss, among other things, how recent international trade policy changes will affect the economy of the 5th district, we had a look at recent trends in international student recruitment in our institutions of higher education. We […]

Mason poised to deliver on state’s cybersecurity objectives

Posted: April 8, 2018 at 9:42 am

State lawmakers are considering a major investment in cybersecurity research to be operated from Northern Virginia. This is exciting news for Mason. We’ve been a state and national leader in cybersecurity and IT for decades, with innovative faculty, programs, and expertise that must be leveraged for the good of the Commonwealth. In fact, Mason talent […]

Unilever CEO will be keynote speaker at Mason’s 51st Commencement

Posted: April 4, 2018 at 10:58 am, Last Updated: May 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Unilever CEO Paul Polman, who has been recognized for his commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility, will be the featured speaker at Mason’s Spring Commencement. The university’s 51st annual Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at EagleBank Arena. Paul Polman has set a goal for Unilever to use only renewable energy […]

A conversation with WGMU’s “The Spin Room”

Posted: April 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

WGMU’s Erik Truong and Alexis Whitted recently invited me onto their discussion show, “The Spin Room.” We covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes!