Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (1937-) is a former President of The George Washington University and currently holds the title of President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service. The George Washington University ( GW or GWU) is a private coeducational university located in Washington D He assumed this title on August 1, 2007. Events 30 BC - Octavian (later known as Augustus enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
Until its merger with PNC Bank in 2005, Trachtenberg sat on the Board of Directors of Riggs Bank. PNC Financial Services ( is a US -based Financial services Corporation, with Assets (as of December 31, 2006) of Riggs Bank was a Washington DC -based commercial bank with branches located in the surrounding metropolitan area and offices around the world
Trachtenberg is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous He graduated from Columbia University in 1959, and earned a Juris Doctor from Yale in 1962 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard in 1966. Columbia University is a private University in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. Public administration can be broadly described as the development implementation and study of branches of government Policy.
He began his career in higher education at Boston University and later became President at the University of Hartford. For similarly-named academic institutions see Education in Boston MA. The University of Hartford, often called UHA or UHart, was founded in 1877 and is a private independent and nonsectarian From there he went to George Washington University in Washington, DC. The George Washington University ( GW or GWU) is a private coeducational university located in Washington D Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D
He is the author of numerous books including The Art of Hiring in America's Colleges & Universities, Thinking Out Loud, Reflections on Higher Education, and Speaking His Mind. Simon and Schuster will release his newest work, BMOC, in June 2008.
Trachtenberg started a full scholarship program for DC public school students, increased the national profile of the University, and has fostered the observance of school traditions such as George Washington's birthday celebration. He also added new traditions such as an irreverent Hippo mascot and chimes of the GW Fight Song and the Alma Mater which sound from University Yard.
The university renamed the public policy school for Trachtenberg, calling it the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, similar to when the university renamed the Elliott School of International Affairs for Lloyd Elliott, the outgoing president. The Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA at the George Washington University is located in the heart of Washington D Trachtenberg holds an endowed chair of public service in the newly named Trachtenberg School.
Trachtenberg also sat on the nine-member board of directors of Riggs Bank (along with two other George Washington University trustees, one being the son of Riggs' largest shareholder Joe Allbritton) during a period of scandal for the bank. Riggs Bank was a Washington DC -based commercial bank with branches located in the surrounding metropolitan area and offices around the world Riggs Bank was a Washington DC -based commercial bank with branches located in the surrounding metropolitan area and offices around the world Controversy was sparked when it was later discovered that, while Trachtenberg was a member of the board:
Leading to an investigation by the OCC into Riggs' dealings, and a report written by the then minority party (Democrats) of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 2004. Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (November Riggs Bank was a Washington DC -based commercial bank with branches located in the surrounding metropolitan area and offices around the world The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations ( PSI) is the oldest subcommittee of the U   
According to an inscription on the reverse side of a bust of George Washington on the North lawn of the House of the Temple (a Masonic temple in Washington, D. The House of the Temple is a Masonic Temple in Washington DC, United States, which serves as the headquarters of the Scottish Rite A temple (from the Latin word Templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities such as prayer and sacrifice or analogous rites C. ), Trachtenberg is also a 33° Freemason of the Scottish Rite. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and) commonly known as simply the