From 2011 to 2016, Jon C. Strauss (Jon Calvert Strauss) was the President of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He replaced Molly Easo Smith, who sat as the eleventh president of the College. Previously, Dr. Strauss was the interim dean of engineering at Texas Tech University. Some call him the father of Responsibility Center Management (RCM) which he helped to develop at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former member and current consultant of the National Science Board. Before his time at Tech, he served as President of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in 2008-2009. He accepted this appointment from former President and BGI Co-Founder Gifford Pinchot III. Strauss was the fourth president of Harvey Mudd College, serving in that position from March 1997 to June 2006. Prior to Harvey Mudd, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Strauss also served as the thirteenth president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1985 to 1994. Over the years Strauss has also served as Senior Vice-President of the University of Southern California and Vice President for Budget and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania as well. Strauss received his PhD in electrical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, his masters in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is married to Jean Anne Sacconaghi Strauss, a writer, activist and filmmaker. He has four children: daughters Susan MacQuarrie and Stephanie Annan from his first marriage, and two sons, Kristoffer Calvert Strauss and Jonathon Samuel Louis Strauss and five grandchildren.
- Bainbridge Graduate Institute
- Harvey Mudd College Office of the President
- Past Presidents of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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