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A last word of thanks

Posted: July 31, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Today I finish my service as President of George Mason University and I have a last word of thanks for all the members of this amazing community. I thank our students for all the lessons they have taught me over my seven years as president. Lessons of resilience and endurance, of ingenuity and curiosity; of […]

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

Posted: July 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm

President’s Report to the Board of Visitors July 26, 2019 Seven years ago you entrusted me with the leadership of this remarkable institution. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve George Mason University and to work side by side with an amazing faculty and staff in moving the university forward. As I […]

It’s time to celebrate high-quality community colleges

Posted: July 24, 2019 at 3:33 pm

A co-written column with AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, July 23, 2019 For over a third of American undergraduate students, pursuit of a college education begins at community college. These students are more likely than other undergraduates to come from lower-income families, to be people of color, and to […]

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

Posted: July 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

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 […]

Katherine G. Johnson Hall: an inspiring addition to Mason

Posted: June 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

When it comes to building and sustaining an organizational culture, symbols matter a great deal. Given the importance we attach to diversity and inclusion at Mason, it is essential that we critically examine how well the symbols on our campuses align with the culture we aspire to have. People who know Mason will immediately describe […]