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Business school executive to become next GMU president

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George Mason University has named Angel Cabrera, president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, its president effective July 1.

Cabrera, 44, will succeed Alan G. Merten, who has been GMU’s president since 1996. Thunderbird, located in Glendale, Ariz., is one of the oldest graduate schools specializing in international business. 

Cabrera has been Thunderbird’s president since 2004. From 1998 to 2004 he was a professor and dean at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Cabrera will become the sixth president of GMU.

“Dr. Cabrera brings with him an impressive global vision, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in keeping with Mason’s, and an impressive commitment to collaboration,” Lovey Hammel, a member of GMU’s board of visitors who lead the search committee for Merten’s replacement.

The World Economic Forum named Cabrera a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002, a Young Global Leader in 2005 and chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship in 2008.


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