Hugh Porter became Reed College’s acting president in 2018. Before this appointment, Porter served as one of six vice presidents of the college, helping to determine and support Reed's institutional priorities and aspirations.
Porter's leadership as vice president for college relations led to significant advancements in the breadth and depth of the academic program, substantial increases in financial aid for students, and important funding for changes to the physical campus. Porter also served as the chief liaison to Reed’s 35-member board of trustees (and 13 emeriti trustees), a role he retains as acting president.
Working with the immediate past president, John Kroger, and the dean of the faculty, Nigel Nicholson, Porter supported the design of Reed’s comprehensive strategic planning process, the conclusions of which have launched efforts to strengthen the academic program, ensure long-term financial stability, enhance student engagement and support, and promote greater diversity within the campus community.
Porter planned and spearheaded the largest fundraising effort in Reed’s history, which concluded in December 2012 with more than $203 million raised. He also oversaw alumni programs, communications and public affairs, conference and events planning, and the Center for Life Beyond Reed—which helps students prepare for their lives after graduation.
Porter came to Reed in 1998 from Yale University, where he held a senior position in Yale’s development office. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree in music history from Yale and is an accomplished cellist.