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George Mason Appoints Interim President, First Woman



Former Virginia education secretary Anne Holton, a lawyer with Ivy League degrees, will become interim president of George Mason University in August as the school’s current leader prepares to leave for a new position, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Anne Holton

Dr. Ángel Cabrera, George Mason’s president for the past seven years, will start Sept. 1 as the new president of Georgia Tech.

The George Mason governing board of visitors voted unanimously Thursday to name Holton to fill in when Cabrera departs.

Holton, 61, will be the first woman to lead George Mason, Virginia’s largest public research university. She was state education secretary from 2014 to 2016 and is a member of the state board of education.

Her father is former Republican governor A. Linwood Holton Jr., and her husband is Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, also a former governor and the vice-presidential running-mate in 2018 for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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