Our leaders exemplify how people of various backgrounds can come together to build something greater than they could alone.


We come from many different backgrounds and many different places, and each of us brings something different to the table. It is these very contrasts that allow us to look beyond the expected as we share the responsibility and commitment to ensure the success of our students in their academic goals, personal lives, careers, communities, and whatever other endeavors they may choose to pursue.

Our graduates go on to become involved, caring, and contributing members of society, who seek to make a positive imprint. It’s the best lesson we teach.

President Gregory Washington

University President Gregory Washington wearing a suit and standing in front of the Mason Statue

Gregory Washington became the eighth president of George Mason University on July 1, 2020. During Washington’s first year at Mason, student enrollment grew by 3.5% amid an average statewide decline of more than 8%. Sponsored research expenditures increased by 8% and Mason posted its third-highest fundraising year in the university’s history.

What drew me to Mason was its mission to insist that excellence and inclusivity are not seen as merely compatible. In fact, each is required for the other to exist.
- President Gregory Washington

Three weeks into his tenure, Washington launched the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, whose recommendations will eradicate any practices and traditions of institutional racism at Mason while positioning the university as a national model for the advancement of anti-racism, reconciliation and healing. Washington has also enhanced Mason’s commitment to education access by creating new pathways to Mason with the Mason Virginia Promise program.

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Partners and Champions

Whether they be Mason graduates, faculty, or staff members, there are so many in the Mason community who serve as leaders in their respective fields, achieve top levels in their careers, win prestigious awards, and make important contributions to our world. We are proud to note a number of them here.



Access to Excellence Podcast

President Gregory Washington sits down with thought leaders, experts, and innovators to discuss the issues we are facing in our world.

Mason president Gregory Washington records podcast in the studio