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Mason Welcomes New President Ángel Cabrera

July 1, 2012

While Ángel Cabrera has been on campus frequently since the announcement of his appointment as the sixth president of George Mason University, he officially took the helm July 1.


President Ángel Cabrera chats with Patriot Leaders during their Orientation training this spring. Photo by Alexis Glenn

Prior to assuming his Mason post, Cabrera, 44, served for eight years as president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is ranked consistently as the leading school of international business in the world.

Cabrera, a native of Spain, was professor and dean at IE Business School in Madrid from 1998 to 2004. IE has been ranked by the Financial Times among the top 10 business schools in the world.

Following an extensive national search, Mason’s Board of Visitors unanimously voted on Dec. 15, 2011, to approve Cabrera’s appointment as the new president.

After the announcement, Cabrera said, “After eight wonderful years at Thunderbird, I am honored to have been asked to lead one of the most innovative institutions in American higher education.”

During the past decade, Cabrera pioneered efforts to educate women entrepreneurs in emerging markets and co-founded The Oath Project, an international initiative to establish a code of conduct for business leaders.

In 2011, the Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world.

His book, “Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World,” was published in April 2012 by Harvard Business Review Press.

Cabrera’s expertise in international business and higher education has been recognized by top international organizations.

The World Economic Forum named him a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2002 and a “Young Global Leader” in 2005. Two years later, the United Nations asked him to chair the international task force that developed the U.N.’s “Principles for Responsible Management Education.”

In 2008, the World Economic Forum appointed him chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship, and The Aspen Institute named him a Henry Crown Fellow. In 2010, he was named topic leader for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Cabrera is a frequent speaker at prestigious international forums, and he has written numerous papers in leading academic journals. His views on global leadership, higher education and corporate citizenship have been quoted by major global media, including The Economist, Time, CNN, CNBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. BusinessWeek honored him in 2004 as one of 25 “Stars of Europe.”

Cabrera serves on the boards of specialty retailer PetSmart and Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. He also serves on the boards of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholar Program), ESSEC Business School and the Iberoamerican Academy of Management. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Future Trends Forum in Madrid, and he is the past chairman of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Cabrera holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain’s premier engineering university. He earned MS and PhD degrees in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

He is married to Dr. Beth Cabrera, an expert in organizational psychology, and they have two children.