President's Blog

A parting op-ed: Mason delivers extraordinary value to region and state

My op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 17, 2019

In just a few decades, George Mason University has emerged as the largest and most diverse public four-year institution in Virginia and a national tier-one research university. Indeed, it is the youngest institution in the U.S. holding a “Carnegie R1” designation because of its high level of research.

The university today is a powerful engine of innovation, social mobility and economic growth for Northern Virginia and, by extension, for the entire commonwealth. It delivers graduation rates, career outcomes and student loan repayment rates across demographics that are exceptional for large, metropolitan, comprehensive public universities and on par with flagship and more selective schools. And it attracts tens of millions of dollars every year in research grants.

(Continue reading in the Richmond Times-Dispatch)