Jonathan J. Higuera

Adiós, Angel Cabrera

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Angel Cabrera, the president of Thunderbird School of Global Management since 2004, is taking his immense resume and talents to the other side of the country. In December, it was announced that he will become president of George Mason University, which is located in Fairfax, Va. He starts on July 1. 

The 44-year-old Cabrera replaces Alan Merten, who has been the president for more than 15 years. A native of Spain, Cabrera becomes the sixth president in George Mason’s history. 

Cabrera is an outspoken advocate for corporate social responsibility, and has been behind the push to establish management as a profession, on par with law and medicine. He worked with the World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global Leaders to develop the Global Business Oath. The oath is a vow, similar to the MBA Oath at Harvard Business School, taken by business people to keep long-term societal interests in mind when managing their organizations. 

Barbara Barrett, former ambassador to Finland, has been named interim president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

The transition from Cabrera to Barrett will occur at Thunderbird’s commencement on April 27. She will serve until a permanent president takes office. A search is under way.

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