President’s Blog

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 […]

Climate change is everyone’s business – We are still in

Posted: June 1, 2018 at 3:49 pm

It’s been a year since President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a multilateral effort to combat climate change and try to keep the global temperature rise within 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. Since then, over 2,700 leaders of local and state governments, businesses, universities and other organizations have pledged […]

Mason a pivotal player in region’s biohealth objectives

Posted: May 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Prof. Stephen Fuller‘s influential roadmap for Greater Washington highlights “Biological and Health Tech Services” as one of the seven strategic clusters that will drive our region’s economic prosperity in the foreseeable future.  As a university committed to being an economic engine for our region, Mason is doing its share in the quest to become one […]

Pell Grant recipient graduation rates show Mason is delivering inclusive excellence

Posted: May 21, 2018 at 8:42 am

With Kirk Heffelmire A central part of Mason’s mission as the largest and most diverse public university in the state is to provide educational opportunities for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Among all seniors graduating last week, more than one quarter qualified for Pell grants, the Federal financial aid program supporting low-income students. How well […]

A visit from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Tom Barkin

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 9:41 am

At Mason last week, Thomas Barkin made his first public appearance since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as President and CEO in January. This was a terrific opportunity for our students, faculty, staff, and greater community to learn more about the role the Fed plays in setting monetary policy, strengthening our financial system, […]

My column in the Chronicle of Higher Education on donor involvement

Posted: May 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm, Last Updated: May 17, 2018 at 9:37 am

You have likely seen news reports on a recent controversy regarding some past gift agreements at the university. The Washington Post ran an editorial on the issue on May 6 (with an important clarification subsequently added) and posted my response on May 11. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial of May 11 takes a different position. […]