Welcome to Fall 2023

August 24, 2023

President Granberg meets student during National Mall Kickback


Dear Members of the George Washington University Community,

Welcome to the start of the fall 2023 semester!

Since beginning as GW’s 19th President on July 1, I’ve eagerly awaited this moment. Our campuses are coming alive with the return of faculty, students and staff, and the energy and excitement for the new academic year are palpable.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet formally and informally with many members of the GW community, including students, staff, faculty, alumni and families. Similarly, I have engaged with elected officials across the city and on Capitol Hill, and with education, civic, business and cultural leaders. My wife, Sonya, and I have also been out on foot exploring the District, which has sparked fantastic conversations with our neighbors throughout Foggy Bottom and beyond. A common thread in all my interactions is a tremendous pride in GW, and it’s been inspiring to learn more about our community’s aspirations for what we can accomplish together.

With our talented and diverse community and our premier academic programs, patient care and research enterprise, one thing has become abundantly clear: the heart and soul of GW are its people. We are a community of leaders, athletes, activists, artists and academics. We are a community of Revolutionaries, and GW is where we change the world.

As President and a fellow GW Rev, my goal is to be a catalyst for what’s possible across our community, accelerating our university’s positive trajectory and deepening our collective impact locally, nationally and globally. Beginning this semester, I aim to create an environment where every member feels valued, supported and thrives. I look forward to working together to do this.

As we embark on a new academic year, I want to hear and learn more from you. GW is a vibrant community built on a rich diversity of thought, experience and opinion, and I value and encourage your continued engagement. If you see Sonya and me, feel free to stop us and say hello. And I look forward to many more events and meetings on campus and around the country this academic year. Finally, you can contact me by email, [email protected], and follow me @PresidentofGW.  

My best wishes to each of you for an engaging, productive and rewarding semester!

Warm regards,

Ellen M. Granberg