Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

President Emeritus of The George Washington University

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is President Emeritus  at The George Washington University. He served as GW’s 15th president from 1988 to 2007. Trachtenberg came to GW from the University of Hartford, where he had been president for 11 years. He also held positions as Vice President for academic services and Academic Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Boston University, and was the Special Assistant to the U.S. Education Commissioner, Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Mr. Trachtenberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa. He is on the Board of the Bankinter Foundation in Madrid and the Ditchley Foundation in England. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration. Trachtenberg chaired the Rhodes Scholarships Selection Committee for Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Trachtenberg served on the DC Mayor’s Transition team. He has been on numerous boards such as the DC Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired, the National Board of Trade and the Federal City Council. He was a member of the Board of the Loctite Corporation, MNC and Riggs Bank. He served on the CNO Executive Panel and The White House Fellows Selection Panel. The Secretary of State gave him the Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award. He received the Department of the Treasury Medal of Merit. Trachtenberg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a Juris Doctor from Yale University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University. In addition, he holds 22 honorary doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, Columbia University.

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