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Mitchell B. Reiss

Mitchell B. ReissPresident, Washington College


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Mitchell Reiss is the President of Washington College. Previously, Dr. Reiss was Diplomat-in-Residence at the College of William and Mary where he held professorial positions in both the government department and the law school. From August 2003 to January 2005, he was Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. He also served as U.S. Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. Dr. Reiss was previously Vice Provost for International Affairs and Dean of International Affairs and Director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies at William and Mary. Prior to coming to William and Mary, Dr. Reiss helped manage the start-up and operations of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), a multinational organization designed to deliver energy to North Korea, and was KEDO’s chief negotiator with the North Koreans. Dr. Reiss was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he started their nonproliferation and counter-proliferation programs. He has practiced corporate and banking law and served as a consultant to the Office of the Legal Advisor at the State Department, the General Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Los Alamos and Livermore National Laboratories. Dr. Reiss has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a D.Phil. from Oxford University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.