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17th-18th Century

President Term Notes
Rev. James Blair 1693 - 1743 -
Rev. William Dawson 1743 - 1752 -
Rev. William Stith 1752 - 1755 -
Rev. Thomas Dawson 1755 - 1760 -
Rev. William Yates 1760 - 1764 -
Rev. James Horrocks 1764 - 1771 There is some uncertainty surrounding Horrocks' starting date as President because of the unknown date of Yates' death.
Rev. John Camm 1771 - 1777 Camm served as interim president from June 1771 to March 1772. He became the official president in July 1772. 
Rev. James Madison 1777 - 1812 -

19th Century

President Term Notes
Rev. John Bracken 1812 - 1814 -
Dr. John Augustine Smith 1814 - 1826 -
Rev. William Holland Wilmer 1826 - 1827 Wilmer served as interm president from June 1826 to October 16th, 1826, when he was formally elected President.
Rev. Adam Empie 1827 - 1836 -
Dr. Thomas Roderick Dew 1836 - 1846 -
Dr. Robert Saunders Jr. 1847 - 1848 -
Rev. John Johns 1849 - 1854 -
Dr. Benjamin S. Ewell 1854 - 1888 -
Dr. Lyon G. Tyler 1888 - 1919 -

20th Century

Name Term Notes
Dr. Julian A.C. Chandler 1919 - 1934 -
John Stewart Bryan 1934 - 1943 -
Dr. John Edwin Pomfret 1943 - 1951 -
Alvin Duke Chandler 1951 - 1960 -
Dr. Davis Young Paschall 1960 - 1971 -
Dr. Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. 1971 - 1985 -
Dr. Paul R. Verkuil 1985 - 1992 -
Timothy J. Sullivan 1992 - 2005 -

21st Century

Name Term Notes
Gene Ray Nichol, Jr. 2005 - 2008 -
W. Taylor Reveley, III 2008 - 2018 Reveley was elected as interm President on February 12, 2008 until he was officially named president on September 5, 2008
Dr. Katherine A. Rowe 2018 - Present Dr. Rowe is the first woman to serve as President of W&M

Interim Presidents

Name Term Notes
Dean Kremer J. Hoke 1933 - 1934 Hoke assumed the duties of the president when Julian A. C. Chandler's health was in decline at various points between 1933 - 1934.
James W. Miller September 18, 1951 - October 11, 1951 Miller was a Chancellor Professor who served as interim president after President Pomfret's resignation and before Alvin Duke Chandler assumed presidency.
Provost George R. Healy January 1985 - June 1985 Healy served as interim president after President Graves resigned and before President Verkuil assumed presidency.
Provost Melvyn D. Schiavelli January 1992 - June 1992 Schiavelli serverd as interim president after President Verkuil resigned and before President Sullivan assumed presidency.

 

 

 

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