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06/20/08 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

June 5, 2008 

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu

POLITICS & PROSE TO HOST STEPHEN JOEL TRACHTENBERG FOR SIGNING OF HIS NEW BOOK BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: A UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON HIGHER EDUCATION
JUNE 20, 2008

EVENT:  

GW President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will sign copies of his most recent book Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education at Politics & Prose.  Trachtenberg's new book offers an inside look at the current state of higher education and the importance of sustaining the nation's natural brain trust.  With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, Trachtenberg helps to reveal what goes on behind the scenes in the difficult and rewarding challenge of running a university. 

WHEN:   

Friday, June 20, 2008; 7 p.m.

WHERE:   

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
Van Ness - UDC Metro Station (Red line)

RSVP:   

This event is free and open to the public. 

BACKGROUND:

Trachtenberg's publications in academic journals and the national media have received wide acclaim.  He has written five books including Big Man On Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education.  The Korn/Ferry Institute will publish A Letter to the President of the United States on Higher Education June 15, 2008.  Recognition for his contributions to education includes 15 honorary degrees.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Recently, he received the 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  Trachtenberg is associated with Korn/Ferry International, where he helps to identify leadership for institutions of higher education. 

Trachtenberg served as president of GW for nearly two decades, from Aug. 1, 1988, to July 31, 2007.  Prior to that, he was president and professor of public administration for 11 years at the University of Hartford and dean of arts and sciences and vice president at Boston University for eight years.  During the administration of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, Trachtenberg was special assistant to the U.S. Commissioner of Education, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.  He also was an attorney for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and a legislative aide to former Indiana Congressman John Brademas.  Trachtenberg earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1959, a Juris Doctor from Yale University in 1962, and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University in 1966.

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