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
August 29, 2014
In collaboration with UnityPoint Health, Drake University is hosting a panel discussion, “Young People, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Recognizing the effects of marijuana and other drugs on tomorrow’s leaders.”
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