President’s Blog

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 […]

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 […]