OPINION: Why I voted for Barack Obama

On Election Day, I voted for President Barack Obama. I believe that this man genuinely has the interest of every American at heart. This has been one of the most important elections to take place in our nation’s history. If Mitt Romney had won, our future would certainly be a hell of a lot different.

OPINION: Though Romney outperformed in debate, he failed to capture my vote

To me, it is—frankly—surprising that anyone is undecided in this election.

Cabrera on open search: 'Probably not'

Incoming university president Ángel Cabrera told a Faculty Senate member Wednesday that if the presidential search was open, he likely wouldn’t have continued through the process.

“Probably not,” Cabrera told Faculty Senate member Stanley Zoltek at an informal meet-and-greet. “It would have damaged my reputation.”

Thunderbird's statement on Cabrera's move to Mason [DOCUMENT]

Thunderbird School of Global Management released a statement Thursday morning congratulating its current president Ángel Cabrera on his new position as George Mason University's sixth university president.

The statement, signed from Ann Iverson, chair of the school’s Board of Trustees, comments on the “indelible mark” he has left upon the Glendale, Arizona school of international business. It also gives an overview of successes the school has seen under Cabrera's leadership, which began in 2004.

Mason names sixth university president: Ángel Cabrera

George Mason University named its next university president on Dec. 15: Ángel Cabrera. Here's a little bit more about the big news, including links to all our coverage following the announcement.

‘Major announcement’ set following special BOV vote Thursday

The BOV announced Monday a special meeting set for this week. (Screenshot)

George Mason University’s Board of Visitors will hold a meeting Thursday, Dec. 15 that will include a vote on an action that will “significantly impact the future of the institution.”

Merten reflects on university achievements, struggles

President Alan Merten applauds the men's basketball team during their 2006 NCAA Final Four run in Indianapolis. (Student Media file)

Few things about George Mason University have remained unchanged since 1996. Fifteen years ago, there was not an Aquatic and Fitness Center. There was not a nationally known basketball team. There wasn’t even a Starbucks.

But, 15 years ago, as now, Alan Merten was president.

“Being president of an institution for 15 years is a long time,” Merten admitted in an early April interview with Connect2Mason. “Especially when you take into account the fact that the average tenure for a university president is less than 10 years. I stayed because every three or four years I would look around and realize this [university] had become a very different place.”


Earlier this spring, Merten announced he would retire in the summer of 2012. Since Merten’s term began nearly two decades ago, the student population has nearly doubled and extensive construction has transformed the Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington campuses, and a fourth campus was opened in Loudoun County in 2005. 

Mason overtook Virginia Commonwealth University in September 2009 to become the most populous institution of higher learning in Virginia. In 2010 Mason passed another benchmark when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified it as a “primarily residential” campus.

Merten credited the school’s extraordinary growth to long-term strategy—and a little bit of luck.

Bowers, Yoo elected Student Government presidency, vice-presidency

The President-Elect and Vice President-Elect. (Jake McLernon)

The George Mason Student Government Elections and Disputes Commission announced that Allyson Bowers has won the position of Student Body President. Her runningmate, Jacky Yoo, will be the Vice President.

Merten to resign in 2012

George Mason University president Alan Merten will resign in June 2012, the university announced on March 23.

“Today the Board of Visitors accepted Dr. Alan Merten's request to retire 
as President of George Mason University, effective June 30, 2012,” Rector Ernst Volgenau said in an e-mail sent to students. “The 
fifteen years of Dr. Merten's presidency have been remarkable and