Trachtenberg is a native of Brooklyn, New York. 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's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1966. He began his career in higher education at Boston University and later became President at the University of Hartford. From there he went to The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is the author of numerous books including The Art of Hiring in America's Colleges & Universities, Thinking Out Loud, Reflections on Higher Education, Speaking His Mind, and Big Man on Campus. He has received 16 honorary degrees in recognition of his contributions to higher education. These include an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Columbia University in 2007, a Doctor of Public Service degree from The George Washington University in 2008, an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree from South Korea’s Kyonggi University, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hanyang University in South Korea, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Hartford (CT) in 1989.
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Template:BLP unsourced 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. During Trachtenberg's tenure as President the University created five new schools: Public Health and Health Services, Public Policy and Public Administration, College of Professional Studies, Graduate School of Political Management, and Media and Public Affairs; initiated University Honors Program; upgraded GW's library system, which now contains more than two million books and is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries; elevated GW's NCAA Division One athletic program, including record-setting years for men's and women's basketball teams; strengthened University relations with District of Columbia civic leadership; established Northern Virginia and Mount Vernon campuses; upgraded and developed University academic, residential, and recreational facilities; and raised tuition prices to become the highest in the country. At his request, 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. Trachtenberg holds an endowed chair of public service in the newly named Trachtenberg School. Trachtenberg was recognized throughout his career at GW for his commitment to education. By Resolution of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia, Dec. 4, 2006, was declared "Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Day," recognizing his 19 years of leadership at GW and in the city. Similarly, by Resolution of the Council of the District of Columbia, January 22, 1998, was declared "Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Day" in honor of President Trachtenberg's commitments to minority students, scholarship programs, public school partnerships and community service. In the Chronicle of Higher Education survey of college presidents' salaries for 2007-08, then-President Stephen Trachtenberg topped the nation with a compensation of $3.7 million.
President George W. Bush appointed Trachtenberg to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008. After retiring from George Washington University, Trachtenberg joined the retained executive search firm Korn/Ferry International as Chairman of the Education Specialty Practice. In this role, Mr. Trachtenberg leverages his decades of higher education experience to work with search committees and boards of the country’s most respected institutions to identify, recruit and develop leadership talent.  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.C.), Trachtenberg is also a 33° Freemason of the Scottish Rite.
- ↑ http://www.gwu.edu/~media/pressrelease.cfm?ann_id=21611
- ↑ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/09/AR2007020901573.html
- ↑ http://www.web.virginia.edu/IAAS/reports/subject/tuitionfees/0001.htm
- ↑ http://www.gwu.edu/~presemer/biography.html
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- ↑ http://www.nysun.com/foreign/bush-visit-may-boost-olmert/76303/
- ↑ whitehouse.gov
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- ↑ Virtual Tour: Lawn & Temple Gardens House of the Temple Homepage
- GW Hatchet coverage of Trachtenberg's retirement
- GW Hatchet article on Trachtenberg keynoting Commencement 2007 at GWU