President’s Blog

Katherine G. Johnson Hall: an inspiring addition to Mason

Posted: June 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

When it comes to building and sustaining an organizational culture, symbols matter a great deal. Given the importance we attach to diversity and inclusion at Mason, it is essential that we critically examine how well the symbols on our campuses align with the culture we aspire to have. People who know Mason will immediately describe […]

Sustainable development is on all of us

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Inspired by the Declaration on University Global Engagement (endorsed by more than 100 universities and higher education associations) and with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, a group of university presidents and higher ed leaders from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America met last week at the Bellagio Center in Italy with representatives from […]

Commencement Speech by UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 3:55 pm, Last Updated: May 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL  SPEECH AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT  George Mason University, 17 May 2019 Good morning everybody! It’s a great honour to be here with you all to congratulate and celebrate with you. My thanks to President Angel Cabrera and Rector Tom Davis for inviting me here today. And to the distinguished faculty and […]

Public-private partnerships in higher education

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm, Last Updated: May 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm

The conference hosted last week at Mason turned out to be remarkably informative and thought-provoking. The conference brought together a high-level group of leaders from higher education and the private sector to explore how universities and businesses can build better partnerships. These types of public-private partnerships have long been common in areas such as […]

Happy and engaged Earth Day!

Posted: April 22, 2019 at 11:51 am, Last Updated: April 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Some promising news first: despite the abundance of misinformation, Americans are aware of the fact that our planet is warming up fast and are worried about it. That’s a good foundation for action. According to data from our Center for Climate Change Communication, 74% of Americans believe global warming is happening […]

Eradicating sexual violence

Posted: April 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm, Last Updated: April 22, 2019 at 8:43 am

Last Tuesday, at the invitation of Student Government, I participated in a town hall meeting addressing the university’s continued commitment to sexual violence prevention. The panel included also Provost Wu, Vice President Pascarell, Police chief Rowan and other members of the administration. I congratulate the student leaders in charge of this important event, which was […]

University of strivers

Posted: April 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm, Last Updated: April 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm

The current admissions scandal (see Frank Bruni’s take in the New York Times, for example) sheds a light on a sinister side of today’s higher education: the widespread definition of success by how many students a university chooses not to serve, the corresponding obsession by the rich and famous to do whatever it takes to […]

Aspen Prize celebrates societal impact of community colleges

Posted: April 8, 2019 at 8:33 am

 Community colleges are essential to American higher education. Their ability to provide wide access is unmatched by any other type of institution. They are the gateway to higher education for millions who would otherwise be left out. And yet their work is often and sadly underappreciated. That’s why I applaud the Aspen Institute‘s efforts […]

Questions about recent law school hires

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 9:53 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

Over the last few days I have received a number of complaints about our law school’s decision to recruit U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who will co-teach a class in England this summer. While I don’t intend to change anybody’s views about this public figure, I do hope I can bring some clarity as […]

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 […]