John Kroger

John Kroger

Former President, Reed College
Hauser Leader-in-Residence, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

John Kroger, former president of Reed College, is a Visiting Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics for the 2018-2019 academic year. During this year at the Center, Kroger will focus on independent study and writing relevant to the Center’s Justice, Health, and Democracy Initiative.

He will also hold the prestigious position of Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Kennedy School, becoming the second higher education leader to hold the title, following Harvard President-elect Lawrence Bacow. During his term at CPL Kroger—who stepped down as president of Reed College in June 2018—will also serve as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where he will teach Criminal Procedure during the fall term and a reading group during the spring term. 

A former New York City federal prosecutor and attorney general for the state of Oregon, Kroger found his home in academia—first, as a law professor at Lewis & Clark College from 2002 to 2007 and then as president of Reed College. While at Reed, Kroger has championed faculty and student diversity and dramatically increased financial aid and post-graduation employment rates. Student applications for admission have almost doubled during his tenure.

Current Role

Visiting Fellows