Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

University Professor of Public Service / President Emeritus, The George Washington University
Faculty: Emeriti
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-9820

Areas of Expertise

Educational leadership
Higher education and public policy
Law and public administration

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Professor; University President: BA, Columbia University; MPA, Harvard University; JD, Yale University; 11 honorary doctoral degrees. His teaching and research interest is educational leadership. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on many academic, civic, corporate, and international boards, including the Editorial Advisory Board of The Presidency. His previous government positions include that of attorney with the Atomic Energy Commission, Legislative Aide to former Congressman John Brademas, and Special Assistant to the U.S. Education Commissioner. His views on issues pertaining to higher education are widely published internationally. His speeches, commentaries, reviews, and articles appear regularly in a variety of publications, including Academe, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and The Presidency. His books include Reflections on Higher Education, Thinking Out Loud: A Decade of Thoughts on Higher Education, and Speaking His Mind: Five Years of Commentary on Higher Education. He also co-edited the book The Art of Hiring in America's Colleges & Universities.


JD, Yale University
MPA, Harvard University
BA, Columbia University