President’s Blog

Decluttering our work at Mason

Posted: February 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm, Last Updated: February 22, 2019 at 8:12 am

I haven’t escaped the Marie Kondo decluttering fever. My drawers are emptier and my closet walkable again. Parting with bags of clothes was less painful than I feared, and rediscovering clothes I had long lost in the mess turned out to be quite pleasant. I’m now turning my attention to work. I’m not talking about […]

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 […]

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 […]

R1: What it means to be listed again among the most research intense universities

Posted: December 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm, Last Updated: December 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Below is a message I shared this afternoon with the Mason community. Dear Colleague: I am delighted that the new Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education released today placed George Mason University once again in the top tier of research universities in the nation. Only 120 institutions received the “very high research” (or R1) […]

670 million thanks

Posted: December 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm

We were told $500 million was too high a goal for a young university with a young alumni base like ours. We went for it  anyway, because that’s what we’ve always done. We were told several years ago that we shouldn’t have a law school. Today, the Scalia Law School is ranked 18th in the world. We […]

Radio interview on the decline of international students and other trends (Spanish)

Posted: December 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

I enjoyed being interviewed by Guillermo Fesser on Spanish leading radio station Onda Cero last week. I’ve always admired how he can blend serious journalism with a great sense of humor. He now reports in Spain on life and trends in the US. Our conversation dealt with the worrisome decline of international students in American […]

Ten Things I’m Grateful For

Posted: November 22, 2018 at 10:06 am, Last Updated: November 22, 2018 at 10:13 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all friends at Mason and beyond! My in-house positive psychologist Beth Cabrera recommends that you speak your gratitude out loud, not just today, but especially today. So here it goes: I’m grateful that everyone in our family is healthy and doing well and for our precious new niece Sofía who was born in Madrid […]

Welcome Amazon: Mason is primed and ready

Posted: November 22, 2018 at 9:43 am

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