Marvin Krislov

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Marvin Krislov
14th President of Oberlin College
In office
July 1, 2007 (2007-07-01) – June 30, 2017
Preceded by Nancy Dye
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born (1960-08-24) August 24, 1960 (age 56)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Spouse(s) Amy Ruth Sheon (m. 1991)
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Oxford University
Profession Academic
Religion Jewish

Marvin Krislov (born August 24, 1960) is the 14th president of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.[1] He was appointed President of Oberlin after nine years as the vice president and general counsel of the University of Michigan. On September 6, 2016, Krislov announced he would be resigning the Oberlin College presidency to seek new professional challenges; his resignation is effective June 30, 2017.[2] He will become the eighth president of Pace University in New York on August 1, 2017.[3]


A 1982 Yale College graduate with a degree in political science, Krislov attended Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar. He then returned to New Haven to attend Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Krislov began his law career as a clerk for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. From 1989 to 1993 he served in an honors program at the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecuting cases involving police brutality and racial violence. He then spent three years at the White House Counsel's office before moving to the U.S. Department of Labor, where he served as Acting Solicitor until leaving the office to become vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan.

In 1998, Krislov became the first person to serve as both vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan. As general counsel to the University, he dispensed legal services on matters ranging from defending affirmative action to appealing penalties levied against the Michigan Wolverines basketball team by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In addition to managing legal affairs, Krislov served as co-chair of the President's Task Force on Ethics in Public Life, an initiative designed to consider establishing a center for research, teaching and learning that will integrate academic study with "real-world problems." He was also an adjunct professor at both the University of Michigan's Law School and its Political Science department, where he taught upper-level seminars on public policy and the law.

He is a member of a variety of academic service organizations, including the American Anthropological Association's Project Advisory Board on Race and Human Variation, the Michigan Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee, and the Executive Committee of the University of Michigan Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations. Krislov's community service activities include leadership positions in the Washtenaw County Jewish Foundation and the United Way of Washtenaw County, as well as membership on boards of arts organizations including the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and the University Musical Society. He also served as an alderman in New Haven shortly after graduating from Yale.

Personal life[edit]

He married Amy Ruth Sheon in 1991; Sheon is a scientist specializing in the research of HIV in women and children.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Krislov's awards and achievements include recognition from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for his leadership in taking the fight for affirmative action all the way to the Supreme Court. The author of numerous articles on amicus briefs and affirmative action, he has helped organize a traveling multimedia exhibit on the University of Michigan's affirmative action lawsuits and the Brown v. Board of Education decision.[5]

Notable publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Office of the President: Overview". Oberlin College. 
  2. ^ Zamudio-Suaréz, Fernanda. "Oberlin College’s President Will Resign," "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education (September 6, 2016).
  3. ^ "Marvin Krislov Named Eighth President of Pace University" (PDF) (Press release). Pace University. February 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Amy R. Sheon to Marry Marvin Krislov in August". The New York Times. June 16, 1991. 
  5. ^ And Then There Were Three The Mass Media