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Bill McAllen, Washington College

Mitchell Reiss (left), president of Washington College, is a former State Department official who advises Mitt Romney on foreign policy. "Why aren't there more people from academia involved in public service?" he asks.

Washington College, here in a quaint town on Maryland's Eastern Shore, can seem a world away from Washington, D.C., But this small liberal-arts college's president, Mitchell B. Reiss, has his eyes squarely focused on the nation's capital.

As a foreign-policy adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Mr. Reiss hopes to bring about a change in the White House.

To an extent that is rare today in America, Mr. Reiss is a creature of both politics and academe. On the