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A last word of thanks

My closing report to the Board of Visitors: a tribute to the faculty and staff of George Mason University

It’s time to celebrate high-quality community colleges

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

Katherine G. Johnson Hall: an inspiring addition to Mason

Sustainable development is on all of us

Mason graduates largest, most diverse class

Commencement Speech by UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed

Digital credential gives grads an edge on the competition

Public-private partnerships in higher education

Mason’s Deb Crawford explains university’s role in tech talent pipeline

Mason, Amazon stress importance of public-private partnerships

Happy and engaged Earth Day!

Eradicating sexual violence

Mason-led Small Business Development Center expands to Manassas

University of strivers

Aspen Prize celebrates societal impact of community colleges

Mason sponsored research spending reaches $149 million

His software evaluation model is used by thousands of companies

Questions about recent law school hires

Mason graduates find quick success in the workforce

Digital certification to prepare graduates for tech-driven world

Mason has 11 graduate programs in top 50 of U.S. News rankings

Mason research pinpoints another factor in Great Recession bank failures

A conversation with Amazon at Mason

Mason ranks 11th  nationally in cybersecurity education

Strada Education Network awards $1 million grant for employment pathways

Decluttering our work at Mason

Racism on campus: Learning from old yearbooks

Excellence within reach: 2018 report

Schar School’s Fuller, Gov. Northam deliver economic forecast

Leading the commonwealth in computing

Mason and the U.S. Navy partner to promote STEM activities

Mason ranks among nation’s best employers for diversity

Mason online programs trending upward in U.S. News rankings

Mason’s winter graduation class largest in history

Welcome back: looking forward to another exciting year!

Higher education and economic growth: Speech to the Virginia Bankers Association

Mason named a top-tier research university once more

R1: What it means to be listed again among the most research intense universities

670 million thanks

Radio interview on the decline of international students and other trends (Spanish)

We’re ready, Amazon!

Ten Things I’m Grateful For

Welcome Amazon: Mason is primed and ready

Media highlights impact of Amazon’s HQ2 decision on our region and university

George Mason to support Amazon with large-scale expansion of Arlington Campus

Make America welcoming to international students again

Welcome to our neighborhood, Amazon!

Mason’s Cowen, Pearlstein discuss capitalism, morality and economic growth

Stronger than hate

Solving the security clearance backlog

Striving to build a more tolerant, pluralistic society

Gov. Northam joins George Mason, NOVA to announce gifts to ADVANCE

Access to excellence: Higher education’s innovation imperative

Board approves renaming Founders Hall to Van Metre Hall

A new statue at the Scalia Law School

Working to eradicate sexual violence

Raising awareness of sexual assault on campus

Mason receives NSF grant to attract more women, minorities to STEM fields

Mason growing in size and stature at the same time

Intelligence forum highlights Mason’s role as facilitator for discussion

Universities around the world must reaffirm commitment to global engagement

Forbes ranks Mason among top 50 public universities

Mason named one of D.C. region’s largest employers

Welcome back message to the university community

ShanghaiRanking names Mason among top 300 universities worldwide

Tom Davis re-elected as rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors

Schar School fellow creates tool to boost women VC entrepreneurs

Mason leads Congressional staff briefing on DHS Centers of Excellence

A happy parent I met last night

2018-19 Tuition at Virginia’s Public Universities

Mason welcomes four to its Board of Visitors

Beware the myth of the college dropout billionaire

Mason to play a role in a regional consortium devoted to infrastructure

Homeland security summit brings government, academia together at Mason

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

Mason’s School of Business ‘at the forefront of business for good’

Unilever CEO Paul Polman, commencement speaker, on career success

New Richmond Fed president urges Mason students to be ‘lifelong learners’

Mason named one of America’s best employers

Mason a pivotal player in region’s biohealth objectives

Pell Grant recipient graduation rates show Mason is delivering inclusive excellence

A visit from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Tom Barkin

My column in the Chronicle of Higher Education on donor involvement


Mason at forefront tackling Northern Virginia’s opioid epidemic

Mason leads public-private partnership discussion with P3•EDU conference

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

Mason poised to deliver on state’s cybersecurity objectives

Unilever CEO will be keynote speaker at Mason’s 51st Commencement

A conversation with WGMU’s “The Spin Room”

“To a Degree” podcast

Survey: Mason graduates earn highest salaries in dozens of majors

Mason is going global

Doctor Honoris Causa – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

The immense value of education

Mason bolsters Virginia cybersecurity efforts by partnering cities, counties

Students to tell our story in Richmond

The two-way value of international students

Discussing higher ed investment with the Virginia Senate Finance Committee

Fuller delivers update on region’s economic future

Helping Virginia become the best-educated state

Mason scientists develop urine test that could lead to early TB detection

New ventures in online education: A conversation with Michelle Marks

Why did Google choose Zurich?

A Perfect Mess

Midterm strategic plan update

Making students safe for ideas

Tribute to a trailblazer: Hazel Johnson-Brown

Three from Mason tapped for top federal positions

Three from Mason make Washington Business Journal’s ‘2017 Power 100’

To eradicate sexual violence, stop blaming the victim

College presidents come together to support Dreamers

Roger Wilkins Plaza: a fitting tribute to a great man

New School of Business dean a quick study

A good measure of Mason’s ROI

Mason’s Fuller presents inaugural economic forum

Growth4VA campaign highlights critical roles of state universities

Countries with more top universities are the most economically competitive

Statement on the DACA decision

Mason ranked as a top college for adult learners

Shattered Dreams

Aug. 13 message to the Mason community

Mason receives multi-million dollar award from the DHS

The power of collaboration

Online Virginia Network Authority to oversee enhanced educational opportunities

Mason selects NIH executive to lead College of Health and Human Services

Students design robot to improve daily lives of the mobility impaired

Global trade matters

Mason’s longest-serving president, George Johnson, passes away

Mason unveils plans for Innovation District on West Campus

We’re putting less of our collective money where out mouths are

Immigrant Scientists

Higher ed arithmetic

Why our partnership with NOVA is so important

Washington Economic Roadmap continues to unfold

At Mason, graduation success doesn’t vary by ethnicity

Nuance, imagination and empathy

Komodo dragon blood leads to new wound-healing discovery for Mason researchers

Mason faculty award honors longtime civic leader Williams

NASA grants to fund research of airline accident prevention technology

America’s loss of international students is Canada’s gain

Remembering Robinson Professor Roger Wilkins

Why open borders are crucial for innovation

Some indication of weakening international student interest

American universities are less global than you may think

Are we “great equalizers”?

A new treasure on the National Mall

Plus ça change…

Immigrants play pivotal role in education, innovation

Statement on the immigration ban executive order

At ‘Mason Lobbies,’ students tell our story

For solar startup, lessons learned in Mason’s Innovation Lab were key

How does Virginia measure up in university research investment?

New dean, new ambitions to transform Mason’s School of Business

Study abroad!

You belong at Mason

The outstanding economic value of a Mason degree

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

Mason and the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sharing Mason’s faculty research accomplishments and needs on Capitol Hill

The case of alumna Aya Mohamad Nabil Hijazi

Mason partners with Northern Virginia Chamber to connect regional business and academia

Scientist-entrepreneur Chip Petricoin combines research with business

Mason MBA project leads to relationship with DC Water

Humanities, too, is where the jobs are today

Higher ed’s inequality problem

Alumni giving is on the rise, but it must grow faster, farther

We need everyone’s commitment to end sexual violence

Universities vital for dynamic economies

Five myths about student debt

Strategic Goal #1: Innovative Learning

Philanthropy in higher ed in the U.S. and Spain

Mason graduates make their mark

Mason Teams with Vencore to Help Agencies Beef up Cybersecurity

Sean Mallon, Mason's new associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Successful Entrepreneurship Takes More Than a Good Idea

Mason co-hosts event to help small businesses meet global leaders

Thank you for a great year of hard work and achievement

Law School Naming Gift

Evenly distributed opportunity

Dean Peggy Agouris Says Research Partnerships Are Key to Medical Advances, Breakthroughs

Analyzing Politics in Washington, D.C.

Mason Incubator Produces Business Solutions and Opportunities

World Affairs Council names Mason “Educator of the Year”

Harold Morowitz and what it means to be a great professor

Few American students study abroad. Many more should

Advancing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Access vs. excellence

Virginia among the best states in college completion rates

Spring break is prime time for international service learning

Diversity at Mason

Critical doing

A multidisciplinary symposium to advance security research

Mason achieves highest Carnegie research classification

Public universities getting more effective and efficient

Mixed news on state support for higher education


Myth and reality of college graduate underemployment

Mason, a hot spot on region’s ‘Roadmap’

Mason, Inova ring in new year with crucial partnership

Learning does not end at graduation

Serious games, serious tech transfer

A college degree, the surest path towards a good job

Bienvenido a Mason, Chef José Andrés!

At Mason, Personal Touch Builds Pipeline to Student Internships, Jobs

Mason-Led Team Unveils “Roadmap” to Keep Regional Economy Competitive

Mason and MITRE: Partners in Research and Education

Steering the Washington regional economy

Study abroad should become the norm

Racism has no place at George Mason University

See you at the game on Friday night

Student debt trends

Mason among best universities in adding value

Mason alumni returning to World Series

A welcome to Dr. Scott Ralls, new NOVA president

Why we are building a well-being university

A weekend to remember

Thank you, Senator Colgan

When public funding of higher education dwindles, where does the money go?

Mason Provides Learning Solutions for Corporate and Government Workers

Debating excellence vs. access in higher education

National Work & Family Month underscores year-round work-life efforts

How well do we serve those who have the least?

A milestone in D.C.’s emergence

The Campaign for George Mason University

Mason graduates fuel region’s economic engine

Welcome to Business Matters

Mason and Northrop Grumman Work Together to Build Innovative Cyber Security Degree Program

Mason Committed to Being a Leader in Producing Career-ready Graduates

Mason Appoints New Director of the Center for Regional Analysis

Excellence and equity in American universities

Why it matters that we develop our research capabilities

#GMU19: impressive, diverse class

A world-class university = a world-class faculty

What’s in a website?

Bienvenidos: Governor’s summit highlights Hispanic enrollment growth

Okay, parents. I get it now.

Who pays for college?

The new face of success

Over-qualification, a dangerous term

A life between two higher education systems

Thanks for a great year….and for a bright future

W. T. Woodson High School Graduation Speech

Idea Power: Business, Academia and the Sustainable Development Goals

Lowest student loan default rate means real value for students

What college presidents discuss

Thank you, Peterson Family

State task force recommendations will make campuses safer

What’s in a name?

Integration and Innovation: the role of higher ed

Announcing Mason’s Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research

A new game plan for Washington’s economy

Freedom to learn

Sharing the Mason story with Kojo Nnamdi

Update on work against sexual violence

Dean Polsby on Freedom of Speech

What makes metro Washington a great place to go to college

Freedom and Learning Forum welcomes Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez

Cyber security risks and opportunities

Ranking matters

Alternative spring break: learning by engaging in real-world issues

Update on the 2016 budget

Liberal education at its best

Universities are strategic economic drivers

Big Data, Big Opportunity

A new world for college admissions

Why We’re Building a Well-Being University

Decline in public support keeps driving tuition inflation

Good reasons to study abroad

Talking Up Mason in Richmond

Sustainable Development Goals in a University for the World

Learning in Davos

Carta a los Reyes Magos

Mason alumna, our “Person of the Year”

International students bring much value to our universities and our communities

Letter from the Provost

Top 10 ways to manage stress during finals

Thanks to you, Mason Nation

A university for the world

Mason students help plan Fairfax future

What can we do to prevent sexual violence on campus?  

Tertulia in D.C.

Attached at the hip

Adjunct faculty

To our alumni in D.C. and beyond: Tell our story!

Mason in Loudoun creates new opportunities

Global corporate citizenship: work in progress

Top 10 reasons to study abroad

A beautiful prize – Malala Yousafzay

A well-being university

Turn off the violence

The curious relationship between state budget cuts and student debt

Arts by George

A King salutes the important role of scholar exchanges

Business School Ethics

The value of a college degree has more than tripled in 30 years

Higher ed on the global agenda

Philanthropy and academic integrity

Update on the Virginia State Budget

Highlights from Opening Convocation

A year in (brief) review

Top workplace 2014

Bienvenido Mr. Fulbright, and congratulations!

A tale of two systems

Sustainability and resilience at George Mason University

David Rubenstein’s Commencement Address

Celebrating Provost Peter Stearns’ legacy

Did we deliver?

What is a great college?


Solving complex policy problems: A new school built on existing strength

The classroom of the future

Exporting talent, not a bad deal

Top 10 reasons to be excited about Mason Korea

Bringing the world to campus

La clase creativa (The creative class)

Sexual violence must stop

Skipping college by choice is a very, very bad idea

Virginia’s research: back-of-the-envelope calculations

George Mason vs. George Washington: the battle of the Georges lives on!

On academic boycotts

Diversity is our strength

New Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Visitors

A tale of two immigrants (and great higher education)

2012-13: A year in review

We are careful stewards

White House college ratings and Mason’s impact

Same-sex marriage and university competitiveness

Governor McDonnell Congratulates 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Changing the world, one student at a time

The Bi-County Parkway will be good for your university

Go to college, young men and women, go to college!

Creating a New Compact Between States and Public Higher Education

The A in STEAM

S-CAR: MLK March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Lesson #1 to #GMU17 (class of 2017)

Is the classroom obsolete?

The times they are a-changin’

Letter to the Mason Community – July 2013

It’s been one year since I joined George Mason University, and I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping Beth, Alex, Emily and me feel at home from the moment we arrived. Thank you for helping us understand and appreciate this very special institution. But most importantly, thank you for all you do for Mason. As I learned about the multiple elements of the Mason community, I have been constantly impressed and inspired by the caliber of people I have encountered, their professionalism and dedication to our students and to making our university the special place it is.

Innovation and entrepreneurship in Spain: “Yo creo (en) un mundo mejor”

Innovación y educación superior, Universidad de Los Andes

The real return of education is not cash but choices

Inauguration Speech

Globally minded leaders, essential to business survival

Inauguration matters

Join the Global Elite

Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

Washington and higher education

#justdivein (or why I use social media)

Empathy, the glue that holds a business together

Global Competitiveness Requires World-Class Research Universities

Freedom & Learning Forum

If you want to be an entrepreneur, go to college!

Youth Unemployment and Access to Higher Education

New Mason Vision open for commentary

Will Internet kill the old university?

Letter to the Mason Community – January 2013

What an exciting year was 2012! It is hard to believe how much has happened at George Mason University in the mere six months since I arrived. I am delighted with the progress we have made on a number of different fronts and very grateful for the assistance I have received from so many of you.

Equality vs. excellence in higher education: the case of Spain

How does Virginia stack up in public higher education funding?

Governance matters

Only honorable business leaders can stop corruption

Spanish unemployment

Realignment? Misalignment? Reshuffling?

The Mission of the University according to Ortega

The best university FOR the world

Why we have (public) universities

The social contract of publc higher education

This time around, the prospect of change may be real

#masonfuture trends

Commencement address – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Value of a college degree in Virginia

Message from the President

The Cost and Value of Higher Education

Higher Education, Immigration & Entrepreneurship

Video: Mastering Complexity

World Economic Forum, Video from the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012, Tianjin, China. What are the core competencies for leaders in today's interdependent and hyperconnected world?

Strategic Shifts: The Future of Human Capital

Link to a blog entry and video from the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012, Tianjin, China.

Higher Education Matters

It is common wisdom that the U.S. is home to the best universities in the world, regardless of who does the assessment. In this case too, 85 of the top 200 universities in the world (and 8 of the top 10) are American. However when we normalize for population, Switzerland is the clear leader followed by a number of other European countries, Israel and Australia. The U.S. comes in 9th. And yes, we should care.

Commencement address

Alumni Association Welcome Video


As a follow up to the email message by Dr. Merten and me on June 7, I want to provide an update about organizational changes coming in the next few weeks.

Today I Begin My Service as President

Today I begin my service as President of George Mason University. I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of great university leaders and I am proud to have as colleagues faculty and staff who are among the most innovative and dedicated in higher education.