President Emeritus in George Washington University
Mr. Trachtenberg is President Emeritus of The George Washington University and he was the 15th president since its founding in 1821. At George Washington University since 1988, Trachtenberg was previously president for 11 years at the University of Hartford. Prior to that, he was for 8 years at Boston University as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice President.
During the Johnson Administration, he was special assistant to the U.S. Education Commissioner, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Preceding his academic career, he was an attorney for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and an aide to a U.S. Congressman.
Mr. Trachtenberg's three books and numerous articles in academic and lay journals have received wide acclaim. Recognition for his contributions to education includes thirteen honorary degrees. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Trachtenberg earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1959, the Juris Doctor from Yale University in 1962 and the Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1966.
Mr. Trachtenberg most recently chaired the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and is past chair of the Atlantic-10 Presidents Council, as well as the Washington Research Library Consortium. In 2005 he was elected an Honorary Member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. In 2004 he chaired the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He has previously served on the White House Fellows Selection Panel. For the past 3 years, Mr. Trachtenberg has chaired the DC/Maryland Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee. In 2003 he was presented with the Albert H. Sabin Humanitarian Award. In 2002 he received the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Medal of Merit. He is a 33º Mason and, in 2000, was elected to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knight Grand Cross. Also in 2000, King Mohammed VI of Morocco decorated him as a “Grand Officier Du Wissam Al Alaoui.” In 1997 the U.S. State Department gave him its Distinguished Public Service Award. In 1995 Columbia University honored him with their John Jay Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement.