John R. Kroger
John R. Kroger has served as Reed’s fifteenth president since 2012. John’s top priorities are to strengthen the college’s academic program, expand financial aid, improve college finances, and build a more diverse and inclusive community.
During John’s tenure, Reed has raised applications by over 95%; significantly improved faculty and student diversity; added new majors in computer science, neuroscience, dance, and comparative literature; completed construction of a new Performing Arts building and major renovations to ten key campus buildings; decreased class sizes and the student-faculty ratio; dramatically expanded financial aid; and significantly improved post-graduation employment outcomes. Reed recently received an A+ for financial strength from Forbes Magazine.
Kroger graduated magna cum laude with BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Yale and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Reed, John pursued a distinguished career in education and public service as Attorney General of Oregon, federal prosecutor, law professor, United States Marine, and policy adviser to the U.S. Treasury and Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. His book Convictions, about his career prosecuting the mafia and Enron, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and received the Oregon Book Award.
John serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Catlin Gabel School and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In his free time, he has bicycled across the United States and hiked 100 miles alone through the Scottish Highlands. John is married to Michele Toppe, Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life at Portland State University. Their son, Isaiah, is a high school senior.