Chestertown Futures Case Study #22: Mitchell Reiss


The road to Chestertown for Washington College’s President Mitchell Reiss has been a far more serendipitous one than most of his 26 predecessors.  A native of Boston suburbs, the product of New England education, and a diplomat by training and vocation,  it was hard for Dr. Reiss and his wife Elisabeth to ever imagine that he would lead a small liberal arts college, let alone on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  But as he has learned over the course of his impressive career, surprises are the most predictable of occurrences.

Now finishing up his second year in office, Dr. Reiss candidly assesses Washington College and Chestertown’s future, their economic challenges, and some of the extraordinary opportunities this historic town-gown partnership might share moving forward.

Letters to Editor

  1. Laura Johnstone Wilson says

    President Mitchell Reiss is the 27th President of Washington College; you may view this web site for the details on his 26 predecessors, plus interim President Garry E. Clarke. (

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