Community Reaction to Presidential Selection

Members of the GW community and beyond shared messages lauding Ellen Granberg’s higher education leadership.

January 11, 2023

Trustees Gate

"Dr. Granberg is a proven leader who will reinforce our commitment to teaching and research excellence, enhance our academic reputation and bring together all members of our community to achieve our aspirations for preeminence. We are embarking on our third century in a position of great strength."

—Board of Trustees Chair Grace Speights, J.D. ’82.


We were fortunate to recruit a highly talented and diverse pool of candidates to consider during the presidential search. President-Elect Granberg demonstrated keen higher education knowledge, authentic and strategic leadership, and appreciation for the historic role of GW in producing global leaders. Our committee enthusiastically endorses the board’s decision. We are thankful for the active participation of university and community stakeholders through this successful process.

—Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Roslyn M. Brock, M.S. ’89


Dr. Granberg is an incredibly accomplished individual who understands the role of the faculty. Her record of academic leadership at premier research institutions shows her priority of growing the impact of all disciplines, and she clearly communicated the importance of working together to advance GW.

—James Tielsch, Vice Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health, and Chair of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee


I am gratified by the selection of Dr. Granberg as our university’s next president. I believe she will be a proponent of inclusion and someone who listens, meets students where they are and addresses issues that are important to us.

—Student Association President Christian Zidouemba


Dr. Granberg is a dynamic university leader who will strengthen our university’s excellence. She will inspire and motivate our community to re-imagine what’s possible as we work together to solidify our university’s future and ensure access to subsequent generations of scholars.

—Will Alexander, B.S. ’04, M.B.A. ’06, GW Alumni Association President


I am very impressed by Dr. Granberg’s collaborative academic leadership. That we have been able to recruit such a skilled leader as President-Elect Granberg is a testament both to the work of our community and our potential for even greater prominence in the future. I look forward to assisting in a smooth transition to Dr. Granberg’s presidency.

—GW President Mark S. Wrighton


Dr. Granberg is a remarkable leader and will be an incredible asset to George Washington University. Dr. Granberg has the ability to effectively work across every level of the institution, and at Clemson, this genuine care and investment in people led her to be highly respected by faculty, staff and students alike. She is a strategic leader, a consensus builder and has a unique combination of experience in both industry and higher education. George Washington University is fortunate to have Dr. Granberg as their new president, and I look forward to working with and watching her lead for years to come.

—Clemson University President Jim Clements


I offer my heartiest congratulations to Dr. Granberg, who will quickly become an outstanding president for George Washington University. Ellen has played a major role in building the people, programs and profile of RIT, a national leader in technology, the arts and design. Ellen is a brilliant and strategic thinker, an accomplished planner and a committed doer. Her collaborative and engaging personal style will serve her especially well as she leads GW. While this announcement is bittersweet for RIT, it is tremendous news for GW and the higher education community.

—RIT President David Munson


As provost, Dr. Ellen Granberg has demonstrated inspired, strategic leadership at the Rochester Institute of Technology, driving student success while advancing the multi-disciplinary educational outcomes that will help graduates address global needs. Her understanding of undergraduate and graduate pedagogy leveraging academic research will make her leadership a strong contributor to GW’s mission.

—RIT Board Chair Jeffrey Harris