President’s Blog

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. […]


Posted: April 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

National Decision Day for high school seniors is May 1. For students (and their parents) who have been accepted into one of Virginia’s universities, congratulations. You’re going to be attending a great institution no matter where you go. Virginia colleges are ranked No. 1 by SmartAsset based on student-to-faculty ratio, average net price, undergraduate graduation […]

Fewer international students coming to the U.S. should be a top policy concern

Posted: April 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire In preparation for my coming Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond board meeting, where we plan to discuss, among other things, how recent international trade policy changes will affect the economy of the 5th district, we had a look at recent trends in international student recruitment in our institutions of higher education. We […]

Mason poised to deliver on state’s cybersecurity objectives

Posted: April 8, 2018 at 9:42 am

State lawmakers are considering a major investment in cybersecurity research to be operated from Northern Virginia. This is exciting news for Mason. We’ve been a state and national leader in cybersecurity and IT for decades, with innovative faculty, programs, and expertise that must be leveraged for the good of the Commonwealth. In fact, Mason talent […]

A conversation with WGMU’s “The Spin Room”

Posted: April 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

WGMU’s Erik Truong and Alexis Whitted recently invited me onto their discussion show, “The Spin Room.” We covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes!   Share this!

“To a Degree” podcast

Posted: March 21, 2018 at 9:10 am

Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the “To a Degree” podcast, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Host Casey Green and I discussed the challenges — and joys — of leading a university at this critical time in higher education. My segment below starts at the 45:42 mark, […]