Presidential Search

Eliot Hall

April 24, 2012

Dear Reed faculty, students, and staff,

On behalf of the board of trustees, I am pleased to announce that John R. Kroger, currently Attorney General of Oregon, will become the fifteenth president of Reed College, starting this summer.

John graduated magna cum laude with BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Yale College, and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is a brilliant and dynamic leader who impressed the search committee with his commitment to the mission of Reed College. As well, John is a passionate advocate for the importance of liberal arts education in society. We eagerly anticipate John’s arrival on campus this summer, and he is very much looking forward to joining the Reed community.

You can read more about John and his distinguished career in the news release we are distributing today.

On behalf of the college, I wish to thank the members of the Presidential Search Committee—trustees, faculty, staff, and a student—who worked tirelessly during the past eight months to identify Reed’s next president. Starting with a list of several hundred prospects, search committee members each reviewed dozens of folders, traveled across the country to interview candidates, and developed a robust interviewing process that permitted members of the broader community to meet with the finalists when they visited Reed. Special thanks go to Anna Hayes Levin, trustee and hard-working committee chair, who ensured that the review process was comprehensive, thorough, and fair.

As the academic year draws to a close, I wish to again thank Colin Diver for his extraordinary service to Reed over the past decade. In John Kroger, the college has identified a worthy successor who will build on Colin’s impressive legacy.

Sincerely yours,

Roger Perlmutter signature

Roger M. Perlmutter
Chair, Board of Trustees