Marvin Krislov


Marvin Krislov is the 14th President of Oberlin, starting July 2007. Before coming to Oberlin, Krislov served as vice president at the University of Michigan. As the University of Michigan's general counsel, Krislov devised the legal strategy to defend Michigan's affirmative action policies in front of the Supreme Court.

His introduction to the Oberlin student body occured at the end of Spring semester 2007. The students engaged in dialogue with Krislov in several organized forums. Student concerns included whether Krislov was a good "fit" for Oberlin, off-campus housing, race and class issues in Oberlin College admissions, con-college relations, getting him to eat a meal in OSCA, and administrative transparency.

He is rumored to be the man behind the Glitter Owl phenomenon.

Marvin Krislov, or "Marv," to his friends, has had his underworld exploits detailed in the comic-book series and motion picture "Sin City."

In May 2009, the Wall Street Journal invited the presidents of ten colleges (Barnard, Carleton, Grinnell, Oberlin, Pomona, Reed, U Chicago, U Penn, Vassar, and Wesleyan U) to answer an essay question from their school's application process. Krislov wrote about Nelson Mandela.

In July 2009, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Krislov to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities (which advises the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities). [1]

Educational Background

Professional Appointments

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Vice President and General Counsel, Nov. 1998–2007.
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School, Jan. 2000–2007.
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Department of Political Science, Sept. 2001–2007.
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
    • Summer Program - Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA), June 2006.
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
    • Acting Solicitor, Nov. 1997–Oct. 1998.
    • Deputy Solicitor for National Operations, Apr. 1996–Oct. 1998.
  • Office of the Counsel to the President, Washington, D.C. (that would be Clinton)
    • Associate Counsel, 1995–1996.
    • Assistant Counsel and Special Counsel for Information Policy, Feb. 1994–Dec. 1994.
    • Special Counsel, Aug. 1993–Feb. 1994.
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1989–Aug. 1993.
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1989–Apr. 1990.
  • Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University, National Law Center, Washington, D.C., Spring 1991–Spring 1993.
  • Law Clerk, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, United States District Court, San Francisco, CA., Aug. 1988–Aug. 1989.

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