President’s Blog

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 […]

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!   Share this!

“To a Degree” podcast

Posted: March 21, 2018 at 9:10 am

Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the “To a Degree” podcast, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Host Casey Green and I discussed the challenges — and joys — of leading a university at this critical time in higher education. My segment below starts at the 45:42 mark, […]

Mason is going global

Posted: February 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm

An increasing number of Mason students are taking advantage of study abroad opportunities to develop their global competence, a crucial learning outcome in the 21st century. This year we are on track to send over 300 more students abroad than had traveled abroad last year. That’s more than a 30 percent increase. But much work […]

Doctor Honoris Causa – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Posted: February 10, 2018 at 4:55 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm

It was an incredible honor to be back in Madrid this week to receive my alma mater’s Honorary Doctorate in company of family, friends, and old professors. PDF’s with Prof. José Manuel Páez’ laudatio and my speech (both in Spanish) are available here. The text version of my speech is reproduced below (a summary in […]

The immense value of education

Posted: February 6, 2018 at 7:21 am, Last Updated: February 7, 2018 at 7:07 am

This week I will be heading to Spain to receive an Honorary Doctorate from my alma mater, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). To say that I am greatly honored to be recognized this way by the very school that gave me wings is the understatement of the year! Since I received the news, I’ve been […]

Students to tell our story in Richmond

Posted: January 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

When meeting with state lawmakers, I am never bashful about rattling off some of the university’s achievements: Largest public university in the state One of the top 115 research institutions in the country No disparity in graduation rates among ethnic groups Largest share of community college transfers in the state Among the lowest student loan […]

The two-way value of international students

Posted: January 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm, Last Updated: January 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

The international flow of students is invaluable for students themselves and a good deal for the United States. Last week, I was on a panel on Capitol Hill discussing the recent Open Doors report and the importance of international education, an event hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives Caucus on International Educational and Cultural […]

Discussing higher ed investment with the Virginia Senate Finance Committee

Posted: January 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm, Last Updated: January 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

I appreciated the opportunity Tuesday to speak to the Virginia Senate Finance Committee about the accomplishments and needs of our public universities. I started by thanking the committee for the support received in recent years by the General Assembly to higher education, including major investments in capital projects, salaries, financial aid, and research. The rest […]