Title: President Emeritus
Company: St. Michael’s College
Location: Lake Placid, NY, United States
Paul Reiss, PhD, president emeritus for St. Michael’s College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in philosophy and higher education.
Respected by his former colleagues and peers for this ability to work effectively in the face of challenges, Dr. Reiss met with tremendous success over the course of his four-decade career in academia. He concluded his tenure in 1996 as the president of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. He was in this role for more than 11 years, where he demonstrated his extensive experience in administration. Prior to stepping into this position, he worked for Fordham University in several roles including executive vice president, vice president of academy affairs, dean of the Liberal Arts College, chairman of the department of sociology and anthropology, professor and associate professor of sociology. As an educator, he also had previous experiences teaching for Marquette University and tutoring at Harvard University at the start of his career.
Aside from his work within the university setting, Dr. Reiss is accomplished within his professional community through his membership with the National Association of Independent Colleges, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. He served as president of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges, president of the Vermont Higher Education Council, and chairman of the Vermont World Trade Office. He has contributed many articles to professional journals and served as editor of “Sociological Analysis: A Journal in the Sociology of Religion” for seven years. Dr. Reiss is a fellow of the American Sociological Association.
Dr. Reiss’ experience has been supported by his own academic achievements. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Holy Cross College in 1952, a Master of Arts from Fordham University in 1954, and a PhD in sociology from Harvard University in 1960. For his incredible work in academia, he has been the recipient of three honorary degrees. He holds an LHD from Showa University, an LLD from Middlebury College and an LHD from St. Michael’s College. When asked of his success, Dr. Reiss simply credits his hard work and passion.
Throughout his career and lifetime, Dr. Reiss was very inspired by his father Julian J., who established an educational summer camp for children in the city. It has been a great point of pride for Dr. Reiss to continue in his father’s work as the president of the program for more than 40 years. While no longer at the helm of operations, Dr. Reiss continues to fuel his father’s legacy as chairman of the board of directors for the foundation. In his retirement, Dr. Reiss has established his own legacy as the founding president of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks. The program provides help and companionship for elderly people who still live in their own homes. In the years to come, Dr. Reiss intends to continue developing this program and seeking new passion projects that pique his interest.
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