Washington College Names Reiss President

December 05, 2009|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker , childs.walker@baltsun.com

Mitchell B. Reiss, an expert in international affairs and former presidential envoy to the peace process in Northern Ireland, will be Washington College's 27th president.

Reiss, 52, will succeed Baird Tipson on July 1, the liberal arts college in Chestertown announced Friday. Reiss is a diplomat-in-residence at the College of William & Mary, where he has also worked as a law and government professor and as dean and vice chancellor for international relations.

Reiss said he will use his contacts to strengthen ties between the college and Beltway experts in politics, international relations and other fields. He added that after $100 million in recent construction and the acquisition of a 5-acre waterfront site, the college is ready to spring forward.

"It sends a message to prospective students that this is a school that's on the move," he said.

Reiss has published numerous papers and three books, and has served as an expert media source on national security, international trade and arms control. He served as envoy to Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2007 and also worked in the State Department under Colin Powell, providing policy planning advice on hot spots such as Iraq, North Korea, Iran and China.

"Mitchell Reiss, with his sterling academic credentials and rich and varied career experiences, is just the person to continue to move us forward," said Albert J.A. Young, a Bel Air attorney and alumnus who chaired the college's search committee.

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