Anne Richard is a friend of a friend, so I have had the opportunity to speak with her a few times (although in informal circumstances - I am not an applicant at GMU) - and you're right, she is a class act.
GMU is a fairly conservative school overall, although their brand of conservatism is more about economic policy than social policy. I know several graduates of GMU, from all over the political spectrum - from right-wing wacko (I say that with affection
) to a tree-hugger whose politics are somewhere to the left of Greenpeace. Most of them fall somewhere in between those extremes. Makes for a good mix of ideas.
Whatever your beliefs are, it's good to have them challenged by worthy opponents - that's what keeps you sharp.Edit:
Oh, and... congrats!