The Transformative Power of Higher Education

December 17, 2019 As 2019 comes to an end, I want to celebrate and to congratulate all of you for Mason’s remarkable achievements on so many fronts—from conceiving an Arlington innovation district to stimulate regional economic development, to shaping the future in high-quality online education. Above all, Mason continues to transform the lives of our Read more about The Transformative Power of Higher Education[…]

How Does Diversity Form the Foundation of Learning?

November 18, 2019 Diversity has long been a hallmark of Mason. We embrace diversity with such ferocity that we view it as a centerpiece of the educational experiences—maybe the most valuable experience—we offer students because we truly believe that our community’s mix of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, disability, military experience, socio-economic Read more about How Does Diversity Form the Foundation of Learning?[…]

Engaged Students Can Change the World

October 16, 2019 Nationwide there is a discussion surrounding a perceived decline in our society’s civic participation and, as a result, many higher education institutions recognize that we need to renew our mission of preparing students to be engaged citizens. In returning to its foundational purpose, a university education serves a greater purpose than preparing Read more about Engaged Students Can Change the World[…]

Exercise the Institutional Muscle for Innovation

May 20, 2019 As the academic year comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for reading and reacting to my monthly blogs. When I began my first blog on “playing the infinite game,” my aim was to find a new way to share my thoughts—while engaging the Mason community—on Read more about Exercise the Institutional Muscle for Innovation[…]

Rethinking Academic Excellence

January 23, 2019 Welcome back and best wishes for the new calendar year! For me, the start of a new semester seems like a good time to refresh our thinking on things around us. To some that might sound like a platitude, but I could not be more sincere. I have been reflecting on what Read more about Rethinking Academic Excellence[…]

Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education

October 8, 2018 I hope you’re back in the swing of the semester. Thank you for the feedback you offered in response to last month’s blog. Your input – especially when drawn from knowledge different from my own – is invaluable. I appreciate it when someone enables me to consider a topic in a completely Read more about Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education[…]

Looking Back on a Remarkable Year

(2018-MAY-30) Dear Colleague: As the academic year winds down, and after sending off more than 9,000 graduates, it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments and challenges. By any measure, it’s been a remarkable year together. Looking Back on a Remarkable Year Mason continues to be one of the most innovative and inclusive Read more about Looking Back on a Remarkable Year[…]

Highlight of Accomplishments, Disappointments and Vision for the Future

[2018-APR-06] When I arrived at Mason almost four years ago, I was thrilled by the opportunity to serve one of the most dynamic public universities in the nation. I was inspired by Mason’s Strategic Plan, which describes an innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible institution of higher education that values collaboration, learning, and social engagement. Most Read more about Highlight of Accomplishments, Disappointments and Vision for the Future[…]

Creating the Best University for the World

(2017-SEPT-26) Dear Colleagues: As the new academic year gets underway, I want to take this opportunity to share with you my excitement for the year ahead. With Mason’s significant enrollment growth and expanding diversity, our students are challenging us more than ever to create an accessible, innovative and inclusive learning environment where all members of Read more about Creating the Best University for the World[…]