Provided by Reed College, Portland
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has been named Reed College’s fifteenth president. He succeeds Colin Diver, who announced his plan to retire last year after ten years at the helm of the liberal arts college located in southeast Portland.
“John impressed us with his brilliance and clarity, advocacy for the primacy of the liberal arts education, and his commitment to the mission and vision of Reed College,” said Roger Perlmutter, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “We are very excited about his arrival on campus this summer.”
“Reed College is a remarkable institution with an unparalleled commitment to the life of the mind,” said Kroger. “It possesses a brilliant faculty and a thoughtful, creative, highly intellectual student body. Reed has fostered independent thought and expression for more than 100 years. I am honored to join the Reed community and look forward to joining Reed’s faculty, students, staff and alumni in advancing the cause of the liberal arts education.”
Kroger, 46, was selected after an extensive national search. He met with faculty, staff, and students as part of the process, and made a strong and positive impression. Reed’s presidential search committee also interviewed dozens of Kroger’s professional colleagues.
Kroger attended Yale University, where he received both BA and MA degrees in philosophy in 1990 after four years of study. He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1996. Kroger was selected as Harry S. Truman Scholar in 1987. He has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard Law School, and the Aspen Institute.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Kroger was a tenured professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he taught criminal law and legal philosophy. Kroger won the law school’s Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004, 2007, and 2008.
Kroger is an avid runner, cyclist, and hiker. He has run Oregon’s Hood-to-Coast Relay seven times and biked across the United States. Kroger’s wife, Michele Toppe, is the dean of student life at Portland State University.