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Gov. Bob McDonnell Issues Statement on Election of Ángel Cabrera as the Next President of George Mason University

December 14, 2011

Virginia SealVirginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued the following statement following the election of Ángel Cabrera as the next president of George Mason University.

“Congratulations to Dr. Cabrera on his selection as the sixth president of George Mason University. George Mason has rapidly gained an international reputation for innovation and excellence and I look forward to seeing its continued success under the leadership of Dr. Cabrera. Dr. Cabrera is coming from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, recognized as Best in International Business, making him uniquely qualified as we equip our students at George Mason to compete in a global economy. I am confident that Dr. Cabrera will find ways to make the university best serve the needs of the students and the George Mason community.

“I also want to thank President Alan Merten for his service and seeing through the vision he laid out for George Mason when he entered the role of president 15 years ago. We have seen student enrollment increased by more than 6,000 students, sponsored research more than triple to $100 million, and you just have to take a walk around campus, as I did last month, to see the significant growth and progress underway. George Mason has a lot to be proud of and a bright future ahead.”