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January 23, 2006

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Mason's Ascent

Here's the reason for such light posting lately, to be printed in full in Northern Virginia Magazine:

"Any idiot could have come here and it would have prospered," chuckles former George Mason University president George W. Johnson, "and according to some people, some idiot did." Johnson's self-deprecating cheer is infectious, but it's tempered by the success he fostered at GMU, success that hardly seems to have slowed down. Today, it is home to two Nobel winners and a Pulitzer recipient, a school of law led by Robert Bork, and has become practically synonymous with the cutting edge of Austrian economics. At more than 29,000 enrolled students in 60 undergraduate and 87 graduate programs, GMU has become an impressive education landmark of Northern Virginia. It's been ranked in to top schools of the East Coast by the Princeton Review. More impressive is the fact that it's been an independent four-year school for less than 35 years, a flash in the pan compared to other Virginia schools like William and Mary (est. 1693), University of Virginia (1825), and Virginia Tech (1872).

George Mason University's story is tied inextricably to the region it calls home. As the area grew and prospered, Mason grew with it in a symbiotic relationship. Thanks to its pioneering economic work, Mason may now be known as the Virginia school, but a better name might be the Northern Virginia school...

Unless something changes, you'll find it in the April issue--albeit probably a bit shorter than its current 1671 words.

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