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Mason Proud

College Colors Day group photo with President Cabrera, The Patriot, Mason Cheerleaders, Masonettes, students, faculty and staff.

Mason Innovation and Research

Students working in a Krasnow Institute molecular neuroanatomy lab, one of the many examples of Mason innovation and research in action.

Mason Graduates

Mason students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, and nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Mason Connections

President Ángel Cabrera tours Fairfax Campus with students who participate in the Class Council Association and Student Government.

Mason Outreach

Dr. Ángel Cabrera meets with faculty, staff and students of the School of Public Policy at the Arlington Campus.


March 21, 2013

Dear Fellow Patriots:

I am pleased to share with you that the George Mason University Board of Visitors approved a new vision for the university at its meeting yesterday.

With this framework in place, the university can now move forward with strategic planning. Our goal is to complete the strategic planning process by December 2013 so a new plan is in place by July 1, 2014. Michelle Marks, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will head this effort.

Crafting a new vision for the university was an extensive undertaking. Eight working groups tackled the major issues and provided thoughtful reports based on their research and deliberations. The Steering Committee used these reports to craft the vision. The overall process was guided by Sarah Nutter, Presidential Fellow and Professor of Accounting, with assistance from Carrie Klein, Project Manager. I appreciate their efforts along with the thousands of others at Mason for providing input to this process.

This was an inclusive exercise, involving all of our stakeholders, internal and external. We learned about ourselves and what strengths and resources we have to plan the university’s future path. The process demonstrated the university’s distinctive characteristics, which are embodied in the Mason Idea: innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible.

Because the vision includes institutional commitments, it is subject to approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the legislature under the Virginia Code.

With my deepest thanks for all you do at George Mason University,

Ángel Cabrera



New Time for Arlington Vision Town Hall – Now at 9am

Posted: February 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm, Last Updated: February 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

The town hall scheduled for 10am on Tuesday, February 19th at the Arlington campus in Founders 113 has been moved to 9am.  Please join us at this new time to hear from Dr. Cabrera and to share your perspective on the Mason Vision.  Other town hall dates and times can be found below and on […]

Mason Vision Commenting Period Begins Today

Posted: February 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm, Last Updated: February 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

Today marks the unveiling of the draft Vision document and Working Group Reports. Please read over the documents and let us know what you think. You can leave a comment on the website, send us an email at, or attend a town hall (schedule below).  Your participation matters – we want to hear from […]

Mason Vision Commenting Period Begins February 5th

Posted: February 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

On February 5th, the draft of the Mason Vision document will be unveiled to the Mason community for review and comment.  Please come back tomorrow to hear from Dr. Cabrera, read the Vision document and the working groups’ reports and learn about the ways in which you can provide feedback.

Get Involved in the Vision Process – Attend a Town Hall!

Posted: November 23, 2012 at 10:32 am, Last Updated: November 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

There are many ways to share your perspective on Mason’s Vision. Send us a comment, register for the MasonLeads Appreciative Inquiry event on  December 11th, or stop by one of the town halls in the next two weeks (dates and themes are listed below). We want to hear from you, so please stop by and […]

Mason Vision Town Halls Announced

Posted: November 10, 2012 at 8:26 am, Last Updated: November 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Town halls have been scheduled on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses for late November and early December.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members are welcome to attend to share their perspectives on the future of Mason.  Go to the events page for a calendar and detailed information on each of these town halls.

Mason Vision Timeline and Charging Documents Available

Posted: November 10, 2012 at 8:20 am, Last Updated: January 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

The visioning process for Mason’s future is underway.  Go to the resources tab for more information on the project’s timeline, the working groups areas of focus and their charges.  Make sure your voice is heard by commenting on this post or by contacting the Mason Vision team.

President’s Message

Posted: October 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm, Last Updated: October 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm

On August 17, 2012, the Board of Visitors adopted a resolution that charged me with the creation of a new Strategic Vision for the University in collaboration with the faculty and key internal and external stakeholders. The new Vision will be the basis for a new academic strategic plan and a new comprehensive campaign.

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