John R. Kroger
Reed’s fifteenth president, John R. Kroger, came to Reed from the Oregon Department of Justice, where he served as Attorney General of Oregon. Upon the selection of Kroger in 2012, Reed College Board of Trustees Chair Roger Perlmutter observed, "John is a passionate advocate for the importance of liberal arts education in society. He is a brilliant and dynamic leader who impressed the search committee with his commitment to the mission of Reed College."
Kroger graduated magna cum laude with BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Yale after four years of study, and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He has served as professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, as a United States Marine, and as deputy policy director of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.