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Kroger named new Reed College president

Oregon AG will step down this summer
by: Tribune file photo Oregon Attorney General John Kroger says he will step down this summer to become president of Reed College. Kroger was a law professor at Lewis and Clark Law School in Southwest Portland.

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will resign this summer to take a job as president of Reed College in Portland.

Kroger announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon after college officials named his as Reed's 15th president. He succeeds Colin Diver, who plans to retire after 10 years in the position.

'I'm very excited about this opportunity to help lead this great Oregon college,' Kroger said. 'Because I will need to be on campus for the beginning of the fall semester, I will be stepping down later this summer as attorney general. I have informed the governor of my plans and will work with him to ensure a smooth transition for my successor. It has been a great honor to serve as Oregon's attorney general.'

Kroger, 46, was selected after an extensive national search. He met with faculty, staff and students as part of the process, and made a strong and positive impression. Reed's presidential search committee also interviewed dozens of Kroger's professional colleagues.

'John impressed us with his brilliance and clarity, advocacy for the primacy of the liberal arts education, and his commitment to the mission and vision of Reed College,' said Roger Perlmutter, chairman of the college's board of trustees. 'We are very excited about his arrival on campus this summer.'

Kroger earned degrees from Yale University and graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1996. He elected attorney general in 2008. Prior to his election, Kroger was a professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, where he taught criminal law and legal philosophy. From 1997 to 2001, Kroger served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he was lead counsel in more than 200 criminal cases involving racketeering, violent crimes, narcotic trafficking, public corruption and white-collar crimes.

Prior to his work as a prosecutor, Kroger was a U.S. Marine and deputy policy director of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.