President’s Blog

A new statue at the Scalia Law School

Posted: October 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

The momentous unveiling of the Antonin Scalia statue at the law school last week, in the presence of five Supreme Court Justices, reminded me of something the late Scalia once said: “the worst opinions in my court have been unanimous, because there’s nobody on the other side pointing out all the flaws.” I hope the new […]

Working to eradicate sexual violence

Posted: October 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Sent to students, faculty, and staff early this week: Dear Patriot: I know that the last few days and weeks have been difficult for survivors of sexual assault as well as their families and friends. Last week, I asked if our Student Service and Title IX reporting units have seen an increase in survivors coming […]

Raising awareness of sexual assault on campus

Posted: September 23, 2018 at 11:54 am, Last Updated: September 23, 2018 at 11:57 am

As the senate judiciary committee hearings continue, I’m struck by the staying power of the myths that surround sexual assault and the treatment received by those who choose to come forward to speak their truth.  Colleges and universities have been in the spotlight consistently over the last few years as many of us have attempted […]

Mason growing in size and stature at the same time

Posted: September 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm, Last Updated: September 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

Below is a message I shared today with faculty and staff: Dear Colleague, This fall, we welcomed the most impressive incoming class in George Mason University’s history. The freshman class is the largest, the most diverse and boasts the strongest academic credentials of any incoming class ever to enter Mason. Our latest group of students […]

Intelligence forum highlights Mason’s role as facilitator for discussion

Posted: September 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

George Mason took center stage on C-SPAN on Tuesday night by hosting an esteemed panel of former U.S. intelligence officials at the “Secrets, Presidents and Dissent” discussion presented by the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security. The forum on the Arlington Campus served as a model of the crucial, civil conversations […]

Universities around the world must reaffirm commitment to global engagement

Posted: September 10, 2018 at 5:08 pm

  I was invited this past July to speak at the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative event at the United Nations headquarters in New York. My message: amid rising isolationism, it is crucial that universities reaffirm their commitment to global engagement. The most complex problems we face today (no better articulated than by the so-called Sustainable Development […]

Welcome back message to the university community

Posted: August 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm

Dear colleague, Welcome back! I hope you had a pleasant and invigorating summer and are as excited as I am about the new academic year. I want to congratulate and thank our admissions team and all faculty and staff involved in recruiting what is projected to be the largest, most diverse, and most academically prepared […]

A happy parent I met last night

Posted: August 10, 2018 at 9:38 am

I received this note from an old friend this morning. It made my day. A reminder of why we do what we do. A happy parent I met last night. Originally from Somalia.  His three children are all attending GMU.  He highly praised the educations they were getting (in business, computer science, occupational therapy) and […]

2018-19 Tuition at Virginia’s Public Universities

Posted: August 8, 2018 at 4:40 pm

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) just published its 2018-19 Tuition & Fee Report, a comprehensive summary of trends and a comparative analysis across our public institutions. The statistic usually drawing the most attention from this report is the annual percentage increase in tuition and mandatory fees, which this year was slightly […]

Beware the myth of the college dropout billionaire

Posted: July 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm

During a recent trip to the Bay Area, I noticed that downtown San Francisco is blanketed with higher education advertising. Not just from West Coast schools, but from East Coast institutions with branch campuses there as well. Higher education is in high demand in San Francisco because college graduates are in high demand by the […]