maine colonial5/19/2017 5:12:07 PM
The goal has been reached a year early. President Knapp leaves President LeBlanc with a record to shoot for. LINK
nj colonial5/19/2017 5:42:36 PM
Thanks Maine - great news!
The best days of our Alma Mater are ahead.
Thank you President Knapp and welcome President LeBlanc!
the dude5/19/2017 5:55:14 PM
Thank you Maine and NJC, and thanks to all your "paid trolling" pro GW narrative finally paid dividends!
the sons of liberty5/19/2017 7:43:08 PM
greenpoint ny5/19/2017 7:49:39 PM
Impressive. Raise High!
ziik the bureaucrat5/19/2017 8:02:56 PM
I hear they just rounded up by $500million or so.
maine colonial5/20/2017 5:37:58 AM
The future of the university has never looked brighter than it does now. I would imagine President LeBlanc will start a Bicentennial fundraising campaign with the goal of raising another $1 billion by 2021. And he apparently is a sports fan so I predict there's going to be a new five-year athletics strategic plan. The last one was very successful and was just capped off by the best two years in GW athletics history.
Meanwhile, the National Gallery of Art will install the NGA Corcoran galleries next year or in 2019 at the latest, which will make GW the only university in the nation with a school of art and design located in a national museum. The NGA Corcoran will draw a couple hundred thousand people a year from all around the world to see its portraits of George Washington along with the Greek Slave, Niagara and the Last of the Buffalo. The visitors will also see GW's new art gallery where it will showcase the GW permanent collection and student exhibitions and they will get to hear students' musical performances in the Armand Hammer auditorium. The Corcoran will open in time to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019 and the newly renovated Flagg Building will help GW Raise Higher with the help of donors, students, faculty and administrators.
maine colonial5/20/2017 8:57:59 AM
Men's Basketball is the only athletics program that is experiencing a difficult transition due to a coaching change. President LeBlanc will play Bob Mueller and get to the bottom of what's going on and straighten things out. But more importantly he will be working to move GW up in the national rankings in an area that, in the long-term, is much more important than basketball: LINK
If you look at the list, you'll notice a lot of schools that have emphasized science, engineering and the arts more than sports. Some of them have been able to do both and hopefully GW will be among those. The school across Rock Creek doesn't have an engineering school or a school of fine arts and design and has wasted a ton of money on basketball to no avail. Take a look at where they are in the endowment rankings.
GW barely survived its first century due to trying economic times, a civil war and nearly going bankrupt forcing it to move to rented quarters in Foggy Bottom. A century later of building basic academic infrastructure, the university has never looked better or been stronger financially. And the events that will take place leading up to the bicentennial will lay the groundwork for the next century. Whether college basketball players decide to come or go won't affect the course of history, so relax, watch the live-stream of tomorrow's Commencement on the Mall, and Raise High.
maine colonial5/20/2017 2:28:46 PM
Here's a billion reasons to stay the course. Plus, there will be a new president at the helm.
maine colonial5/20/2017 11:51:43 PM
Matt Hart and Jaren Sina are graduating along with a bunch of other amazing GW athletes who made history LINK...The baseball team clinched a postseason berth...Jen signed transfer Sarah Overcash of Chevy Chase...Time moves on for most of us and GW keeps Raising Higher as a university and an athletics program...
gw future5/21/2017 7:18:02 AM
I think Maine Colonial was not properly identified a few weeks ago. He really is Kevin Bacon performing a redux of his "all is well" role in Animal House.
maine colonial5/21/2017 9:01:57 AM
Commencement on the National Mall begins soon and I don't thing we will see anyone exhibiting any form of panic: LINK
And damn all the Trollpedoes coming from individuals who didn't even attend GW...full speed ahead!
gw alum abroad5/21/2017 9:22:57 AM
Today's commencement means that being a GW alum is no longer as exclusive as it was yesterday because this ceremony swells our ranks. Bah, humbug.
maine colonial5/21/2017 9:25:36 AM
Catch the live stream of Commencement here beginning in 5 minutes: LINK
dfw hoya5/21/2017 10:05:33 AM
"Maine Colonial: "If you look at the list, you'll notice a lot of schools that have emphasized science, engineering and the arts more than sports. Some of them have been able to do both and hopefully GW will be among those. The school across Rock Creek doesn't have an engineering school or a school of fine arts and design and has wasted a ton of money on basketball to no avail. Take a look at where they are in the endowment rankings."
They're doing fine, too. Just finished a $1.5 billion capital campaign of its own in 2016.
bobo5/21/2017 10:22:30 AM
Maine Colonial's previous job:
maine colonial5/21/2017 8:34:51 PM
Are you sure things are fine or was that a different DFW Hoya who wondered whether 2016-2017 might be the worst year ever for GU sports? LINK
mentzinger5/21/2017 8:49:23 PM
Steve, do you think posting positive PR for the University at key times while the basketball program is imploding hurts? or helps your cause?
maine colonial5/21/2017 9:40:52 PM
Other people visit this site and I think they should see some positive stories about what's going on at GW instead of only negative news and fake news. The reality is practically every other athletics team at GW is thriving except for this one. This one is the anomaly and, having followed this team for 36 years, I have complete confidence it will rebound sooner rather than later.
Today the weather was near perfect and GW held Commencement on the National Mall once again and I assume Jaren and Matt were there along with many of the other 110 students athletes who graduated. Today was a day to celebrate. Raise High.
the dude5/21/2017 9:47:37 PM
Is there any harm in posting positive PR? This site could use a little of it. Now more than ever.
ziik the bomb thrower5/21/2017 10:04:53 PM
I recall many years ago when Clemson U ran a tournament called the IPTAY Classic.
It was named for Clemson's big time boosters.
IPTAY was for I Pay Ten Dollars A Year. That bought then season ticket priorities, back in the 70s
maine colonial5/22/2017 11:28:09 AM
Here's a list of all the GW athletes who graduated yesterday: LINK
maine colonial5/23/2017 9:08:59 AM
The GW Board of Trustees approved on Friday a $1.05 billion operating budget for next year. The GW men's basketball budget will probably be somewhere between $3 million and $4 million. Neighbor GU's men's basketball budget will probably be north of $10 million and its total athletics budget north of $33 million. GU relies on profits from its basketball program to help subsidize the rest of its sports teams. By comparison, Ivy League schools spend on average less than $1 million to fund their men's basketball teams.
To ML's credit, the APR for GW's men's basketball team is significantly higher than our neighbor's men's basketball team, although overall GU's sports teams collectively have a slight edge: LINK
Included in GW's Fiscal 2018 operating budget is funding for the continued renovations of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's Flagg Building (the former Corcoran Gallery of Art) to get its second floor galleries ready for the National Gallery of Art to install and open the Corcoran Legacy and Corcoran Contemporary galleries in 2018 or 2019 at the latest. The budget also includes funding to renovate Corcoran Hall, which was the first building GW built on the Foggy Bottom campus and which was named in honor of GW board of trustees president William Wilson Corcoran, who was the founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Corcoran Hall, which is located across from Lisner Auditorium, is where GW Professor George Gamow proved the big bang theory and where the bazooka was invented in the basement during WWII.
During his 10 years in office, President Knapp was clearly trying to mold GW into a university that has the structures that one finds on Ivy League campuses like state-of-the-art scientific and engineering facilities, research centers, and multiple art museums. GW put out a video last week starring Knapp's dog Ruffles that summarizes some of his accomplishments: LINK
One of Knapp's accomplishments, which wasn't mentioned in the video, was greenlighting the 2012-2016 athletics strategic plan that lead to two of the best years in GW athletics history.