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

University News
April 29, 2016
When Brytani Cavil addresses Drake University’s graduating class of 2016 as the top graduating senior, she aims to inspire more than her fellow students. She hopes to set an example for her two-year-old twins.
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