John R. Kroger
John R. Kroger is the fifteenth president of Reed College. Kroger received his BA in 1990 from Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude with distinction in philosophy. He completed his MA the same year, writing a thesis on Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit. Kroger graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1996.
Kroger has had a long and distinguished career in academia and public service. He has served as a United States Marine, Congressional aide, Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Treasury Department, and Deputy Policy Director of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. From 1997 to 2003, he worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Texas, handling major cases against drug traffickers, the mafia, and Enron executives. Kroger also served on the emergency response team to the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Prior to coming to Reed, Kroger was the Attorney General of Oregon. In that role, he created new units to protect civil rights and prosecute environmental crimes.
Kroger is also a committed classroom teacher. He won Lewis & Clark Law School’s Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004, 2007, and 2008 for his courses in criminal law and legal philosophy. He is also a recipient of Harvard University’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence and has served as a visiting lecturer at Yale.
Kroger is the author of Convictions: A Prosecutor’s Battles against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). His awards and honors include the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar Award, the Oregon Book Award, and commendations from the U.S. State Department, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Kroger has also received fellowships from the Aspen Institute and Harvard Law School.
John Kroger is married to Michele Toppe, the Dean of Student Life at Portland State University. They have one child, Isaiah, who is currently in high school in Portland. Kroger is an avid runner, hiker, and outdoorsman. He has run Oregon’s 200-mile Hood-to-Coast relay seven times and has biked across the United States.