George Mason University President Angel Cabrera is leaving to become president of Georgia Tech, his alma mater. The Georgia
Tech Board of Regents made it official today.
During his seven-year tenure, GMU has accounted for more than half of all enrollment growth in Virginia’s universities, the schools said. GMU is Virginia’s largest public university with an enrollment of 35,960 as of 2017 while Georgia Tech had 26,839 students as of 2016.
Before becoming Mason’s sixth president in 2012, Cabrera served as dean of IE Business School in Madrid and as president of Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University). Cabrera is the first native of Spain to have served as president of an American university.
The World Economic Forum named Cabrera a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2002, a “Young Global Leader” in 2005, and chair of the Global Agenda Council for entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2004, Businessweek named him one of 25 “Stars of Europe.” Cabrera was an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2008 and a Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting topic leader in 2010.
Cabrera holds a telecommunications engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (BS and MS in computer and electrical engineering) and an MS and PhD in psychology and cognitive science from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.