Photo of Ferdinand Protzman
  • Chief of Staff
  • Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition


BA, German and government, Oberlin College, 1975
MA, journalism, University of Michigan


Ferdinand Protzman ’75, is chief of staff in the Office of the President, serving as a liaison between the president, the senior staff, and other Oberlin stakeholders and community members. Previously, he served for nine years as Oberlin’s assistant to the president/communications.

In addition, he is a lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition, teaching the Journalism Basics course, as well as private readings in journalism and photojournalism. He graduated from Oberlin with a BA in German and government.

After earning a master’s in journalism at the University of Michigan, he became an award-winning journalist working for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and ARTnews magazine. He also has authored six books for National Geographic Books.