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[…]

Embrace This Year of Transition

September 9, 2019 As a new academic year begins, I know you are as eager as I am to immerse yourself in the exciting work ahead. This is a wonderful time to be a Patriot—we help more students succeed, make stronger academic and scholarly impacts, and contribute more to our communities than ever before. With Read more about Embrace This Year of Transition[…]

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[…]

The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?

April 23, 2019 You may recall that in December I shared my thoughts about why we need to expand Mason’s online education. This spring, we have had extensive campus engagement through town hall meetings, panels, roundtables, and invited speakers. In many of these sessions, we began to shift our focus from why to how Mason Read more about The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?[…]

On Multidisciplinarity

March 18, 2019 One of the things that I started doing as soon as I came to Mason was to highlight the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in research and learning. I’m not the only one: since the 1960s, multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity have been a frequent topic in academic discourse. Globally, the past two decades have Read more about On Multidisciplinarity[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education

December 19, 2018 Here we are at the semester’s end and the close of 2018, a time that naturally spawns reflection on our accomplishments. Just a few days ago, the new Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education once again placed Mason in the top tier (or R1) of research universities in the U.S. Congratulations Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education[…]

Philanthropy in Public Higher Education

November 16, 2018 Hard as it is to believe it’s November, I hope you’ve been enjoying the change of season. I’ve always found fall invigorating and the best time for reflection. This year, especially, this echoes my sense of events here at Mason. First, let’s celebrate Amazon’s choice of Northern Virginia for one of its Read more about Philanthropy in Public Higher Education[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game

September 4, 2019 Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to a great start to the new academic year. I may have met those of you who just joined Mason at the welcome orientation. If not, I hope to meet and talk with you soon. For now, as I Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game[…]

Expanding the Mason-NOVA Partnership

(2018-JULY-24) Dear Colleagues: Next week, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will announce a major expansion of our partnership. Governor Terry McAuliffe will join Presidents Ángel Cabrera and Scott Ralls at an event in which they will share details about the next stage of our agreement and discuss how we plan to Read more about Expanding the Mason-NOVA Partnership[…]

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[…]

Office of Academic Innovation and New Ventures

(2016-SEPT-26 ) Dear Colleague: Mason is committed to innovation, growth and financial stewardship as we strive to expand student access and increase academic excellence. I am pleased to announce some adjustments to the administrative structure in the Provost’s office to better align with the University’s strategic goals. To formalize the process of exploring, launching and Read more about Office of Academic Innovation and New Ventures[…]

Reflections on the First Year

(2015-MAY-19) Dear Colleagues: As we wrap up the academic year, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our exceptional faculty and staff for your hard work, dedication, and great achievements for another outstanding year.I would also like to reflect on my first year at the university and our progress toward reinforcing and strengthening Mason’s Read more about Reflections on the First Year[…]