Stephen Joel Trachtenberg: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at The George Washington University Korn/Ferry International Advisor

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at The George Washington University. Trachtenberg served as the 15th president of The George Washington University for nearly two decades, after arriving in 1988 from the University of Hartford, where he had been president for 11 years. Before assuming the presidency of Hartford, Trachtenberg served for eight years at Boston University as vice president for academic services and dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Earlier, in Washington, D.C., he was a special assistant for two years to the U.S. Education Commissioner, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He has been an attorney with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and a legislative aide to former Indiana Congressman John Brademas.

Trachtenberg's most recent book is BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education. He also published, Thinking Out Loud: The Wit and Wisdom of Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Reflections on Higher Education (New Yorker Cartoon Bank), Thinking Out Loud (Oryx Press), and Speaking His Mind (Oryx Press). He is co-editor of the book The Art of Hiring in America's Colleges & Universities (Prometheus Books). He authored chapters in the books Productivity & Higher Education (Peterson's Guide), Leaders on Leadership: The College Presidency (Jossey-Bass), and Academic Leaders as Managers (Jossey-Bass). His articles have appeared in publications such as The Educational Record, Phi Delta Kappan, The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges AGB Reports, Resources in Education, Journal for Higher Education Management, The College Board Review, the College Marketing Alert, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Trachtenberg also has served as a consulting editor to The Journal of Education and The Presidency.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Trachtenberg graduated from P.S. 254 and James Madison High School. He 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, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He currently is an adviser to Korn/Ferry International, where he is helping to find the next generation of university leadership. Trachtenberg and his wife, Francine Zorn Trachtenberg, have two sons.

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