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Dr. Ángel Cabrera Elected to National Geographic Society Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2017)—The National Geographic Society today announced the election of Dr. Ángel Cabrera to its Board of Trustees. Cabrera, president of George Mason University, joins two other new Board members named last week by philanthropist, investor and Internet pioneer Jean Case, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Gary E. Knell, the Society’s president and chief executive officer. The other new members are: education leader Katherine Bradley and geospatial innovator Jack Dangermond. Cabrera, Bradley and Dangermond will be part of an 18-member Board and will each serve an initial four-year term.

“It is indeed an honor to welcome Dr. Cabrera to the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees,” said Case. “A renowned educator revered internationally for advancing professional ethics and innovation, he brings a wealth of experience and a truly global perspective to our organization.”

Cabrera became president of George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research university, in 2012. Established in Fairfax, Va., in 1972, Mason today operates several campuses across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region and in Incheon, South Korea. In 2016, Mason became one of the 115 universities in the United States selected for the highest research category of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Prior to joining Mason, Cabrera led IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and Thunderbird School of Global Management, now affiliated with Arizona State University. Cabrera is the first native of Spain to serve as president of an American university.

As a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, Cabrera was the lead author of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education,” now adopted by more than 500 business schools around the world. A frequent media commentator and author of numerous academic papers, his writings on knowledge sharing are highly cited.

“Dr. Cabrera’s professional expertise in global leadership, higher education and corporate citizenship will certainly benefit National Geographic as we look to expand our international footprint and foster diversity among our employees and larger Explorer community,” said Knell.

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