Inauguration of President John Kroger

photo of Jane McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe, President of Bryn Mawr College



Lisa M. Steinman, who first came to Reed College in 1976, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission. She has published three books about poetry, most recently Invitation to Poetry (Blackwell), as well as five volumes of poetry, most recently Carslaw’s Sequences (University of Tampa Press). Her sixth book of poetry, Absence and Presence, is forthcoming from the University of Tampa Press in 2013.

ted wheeler
oregon state treasurer

A sixth-generation Oregonian, Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler cares deeply about the financial future of Oregon and its citizens. Since 2010, he has successfully earned an upgrade in Oregon’s credit rating; spear­headed creation of the Oregon Investment Act, a statewide blueprint to improving Oregon’s financial future; and helped more Oregon families plan for and afford the costs of college and vocational training. As the Chair of the Multnomah County Commission from 2006 to 2010, Wheeler championed preventive services that include safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment, and funding a mental health crisis center, all while cutting costs and reducing the county’s debt. Before entering elected office, Wheeler worked in the financial services industry. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. When he is not working, Wheeler enjoys endurance sports. He successfully summited Mount Everest in 2002, snow-shoed to the North Pole with his wife, Katrina, and twice completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. He lives in Portland with his wife and their daughter.

jordan d. schnitzer
local businessman and philanthropist

Jordan D. Schnitzer, a 1973 graduate of the University of Oregon, earned a doctorate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1976. In his role as Chief Executive Officer of Harsch Investment Properties, he is responsible for the long-term investment strategy of the company, as well as for assembling the company’s management team. Under his direction, Harsch has become one of the largest privately held real estate acquisition development and property management firms in the western United States. In addition to his role in the family business, Schnitzer is very committed to and passionate about art, culture, and supporting many nonprofit social service organizations. He has served on more than 30 nonprofit boards, including for the Portland Art Museum, the University of Oregon Foundation, the Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, the Congregation Temple Beth Israel, the Portland Citizens Crime Commission, the High Desert Museum, the Robison Nursing Home, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

jane mcauliffe
president of bryn mawr college
Jane McAuliffe is the eighth president of Bryn Mawr College and an important voice in efforts to connect women’s education with global gender equity. At Bryn Mawr, she has pioneered initiatives designed to foster greater multidisciplinary collaboration and to prepare Bryn Mawr graduates to succeed in the full range of professions and of graduate programs. Internationally recognized for her scholarship in Islamic studies, with particular expertise in the Qur’an and its interpretations, McAuliffe is past president of the American Academy of Religion and has served on the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims. Additionally, she is a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of “The Networked College—Local, Global, Virtual” in the forthcoming book Education for an Uncertain World, edited by Daniel H. Weiss, Rebecca Chopp, and Susan Frost. Before assuming the presidency at Bryn Mawr, McAuliffe was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. She has also held academic appointments at the University of Toronto and Emory University. McAuliffe holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto and a BA from Trinity College in Washington, DC.