Drake Presidents, their Tenure Dates, Birth Places and Birth Dates

* Dr. George Thomas Carpenter
Born: March 4, 1834 in Nelson County, Kentucky
President: 1881-1882
Chancellor: 1882-1893

* Dr. Barton O. Aylesworth
Born: September 5, 1860 in Athens, Menard County, Illinois
Acting Chancellor: 1894-1897

*Dr. William Bayard Craig
Born: December 7, 1846 in St. John, New Brunswick
Chancellor: 1897-1902

*Dr. Hill McClelland Bell (Drake Graduate)
Born: June 19, 1860 in Licking County, Ohio
Vice Chancellor: 1902-1903
President 1903-1918
President Emeritus: 1918-1927

Dr. Arthur Holmes
Born: May 5, 1872 in Cincinnati, Ohio
President: 1918-1923

Dr. Daniel Walter Morehouse (Drake Graduate)
Born: February 22, 1876 in Mankato, Minnesota
Acting President: 1922-1923
President: 1923-1941

Dr. Henry Gadd Harmon
Born: June 14, 1901 in St. Paul, Minnesota
President: 1941-1964

*Dr. Paul Frederick Sharp
Born: January 19, 1918 in Kirksville, Missouri
President: 1966-1971

Dr. Wilbur C. Miller
Born: August 26, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa
President: 1972-1985

Dr. Michael Ferrari
President: 1985-1998

*Dr. Robert D. Ray
President: 1998-1998

Dr. David Maxwell
Born: December 2, 1944 in New York, New York
President: 1998-Present

* Honorary Doctorates

University News
October 29, 2014
The Drake University Board of Trustees recently approved new degree programs in mathematics, science, education, technology, and health sciences while taking initial steps to further enhance the University’s programming through $65 million in new construction and renovation.
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