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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Ferrari
President: 1985-1998

Robert D. Ray*
President: 1998-1998

David Maxwell
Born: December 2, 1944 in New York, New York
President: 1998-2015
President Emeritus: 2015-Present

Earl F. Martin
Born: December 16, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky
President: July 2015-present


* Honorary Doctorates

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February 9, 2016
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