President’s Blog

A new treasure on the National Mall

Posted: February 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm, Last Updated: February 8, 2017 at 11:20 am

On Sunday I visited the newest addition to the National Mall — the National Museum of African American History and Culture — with a group of Mason students and my colleagues Rose Pascarell and Julian Williams. I found the experience emotionally intense, painful at times and, at the same time, deeply inspiring. I also took pride in knowing that Mason students, […]

Plus ça change…

Posted: February 7, 2017 at 9:31 am, Last Updated: February 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

–Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change, the more they stay the same) “Among the current faculty are many capable and conscientious teachers, committed to George Mason University and its promise. If the University is to fulfill the obligations placed upon it by statute and by the expectations of the […]

Immigrants play pivotal role in education, innovation

Posted: February 2, 2017 at 9:35 am

On Tuesday evening I appeared on PBS NewsHour to discuss the important role that immigrants play at our universities and in our economy. According to the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrants have been awarded 31 of 78 of the Nobel Prizes won by Americans in chemistry, medicine and physics since 2000. In addition, immigrants […]

Statement on the immigration ban executive order

Posted: January 30, 2017 at 9:42 am

Dear Patriots, On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that blocked entry into the United States for citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries. It also indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., and it suspended all refugee admission for 120 days. This executive order, which has been challenged in the courts and continues […]

At ‘Mason Lobbies,’ students tell our story

Posted: January 17, 2017 at 10:06 am

Much is at stake for us these days in Richmond, as the General Assembly convenes for its 2017 session. For the next few weeks I will be spending quite a bit of time in Richmond with our government relations team and colleagues across the university telling the Mason story and participating in key legislative and budgetary discussions. In […]

How does Virginia measure up in university research investment?

Posted: December 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Virginia ranks 14th but has scarcely moved over the past decade in the National Science Foundation’s research and development expenditures, the latest of which have been released covering FY2015. Total R&D expenditures in Virginia grew by 40 percent from 2006 to 2015, just above the national growth rate of 38 percent. However, other states such […]

Study abroad!

Posted: December 1, 2016 at 5:32 am

No matter how intellectually stimulating, resourceful and diverse, a college campus may be, there is one crucial learning experience you cannot have unless you leave it—study abroad.  The only way to begin to grasp the immense complexity and beauty of the world we live in is to experience it for yourself from a different perspective […]

You belong at Mason

Posted: November 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

Dear Patriot, Our mission defines us as an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. This was our mission the day before the election and it remains our mission today. If anything, the bitter campaign that just ended and the divisions in our society it highlighted suggest […]

The outstanding economic value of a Mason degree

Posted: October 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

With Kirk Heffelmire The national default rate on student loans continues to decline, even if modestly, according to the latest federal data. Mason’s rate inched up but continues to be lower than our state and national peers.  Most importantly, when considering the financial need of our students, Mason remains Virginia’s greatest outlier (as reported here last year). Student loan default […]

Justice Kagan lauds “remarkable judge and teacher” at Scalia dedication

Posted: October 10, 2016 at 9:47 am

In case you missed it, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan delivered a remarkable speech on Thursday at the dedication of the Scalia Law School in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Kagan’s words highlighting the contributions of Justice Antonin Scalia to contemporary legal thinking are particularly meaningful given the fact that she voted in disagreement with him about […]