Mason’s President Connects with Thousands via Twitter
Posted: November 18, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: November 19, 2013 at 7:02 am
By Preston Williams
Like most college presidents, George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera is an intellectual. Unlike most, however, he is a man of letters in another way – those issued in 140-character bursts on Twitter.com.
Few college presidents connect with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members as effectively or as entertainingly as Cabrera (@CabreraAngel), who tweets not only university news but also personal observations to his 10,000-plus devoted followers.
Known for clever hash tags that often punctuate his tweets, Cabrera might share a favorite quote, seek recommendations for a Fairfax establishment televising his beloved Real Madrid soccer team or even serve as a journalist of sorts as he did when he tweeted live updates from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Others in higher education are noticing. In a recent article titled “10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right,” educationdive.com praised Cabrera for his outreach via the medium, now some 13,000 tweets strong, including some in Spanish.
A sampling from October:
I heard yesterday: “People go to the East Coast to join things, they go the West Coast to start things” #notatMason
“Failure isn’t fatal but failure to change can be” John Wooden
Big seats make big cheats, according to new research (I’ll keep mine comfy but modest in size) http://hbr.org/2013/11/big-chairs-create-big-cheats/ar/1 …
Two things I will never be able to do in English: mental math and cheering at a soccer game. Vamos Mason!!
The Patriot Center is nuts tonight. Let’s keep it up for the whole season!
How come days are getting shorter while mine are getting longer?
Someone please remind me why I decided to ride my bike to work this morning! #honeyyouwereright
So when it comes to connecting with Mason Nation, Cabrera gives Twitter two (limber) thumbs up.
“Twitter and other social media are breaking down barriers of communication,” Cabrera says. “I’m gaining instantaneous insights from students, faculty, staff, alumni, area residents and news outlets around the globe. I can connect with thousands who love and care about this university as much as I do. The response has been amazing.”
Follow President Cabrera on Twitter at @CabreraAngel.
Write to Preston Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org