List of Famous College Presidents People

List of Famous College Presidents

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List of the most notable and famous college presidents in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent college presidents worldwide and top college presidents in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable college presidents to the lesser known college presidents in history and today, these are the top college presidents in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous college presidents in the world?". List features A.D. Bruce, William Sanders Scarborough and more. You can use this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (27 Items)


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    Ruth Simmons was the 18th president of Brown University, the first black president of an Ivy League institution. Simmons was elected Brown's first female president in November 2000. Simmons assumed office in fall of 2001. Simmons holds appointments as a professor in the Departments of Comparative ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Grapeland, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor
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    Richard Roberts
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    Richard Roberts is chairman and chief executive officer of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and previously served as president of Oral Roberts University for 15 years. After Roberts stepped down, the outgoing ORU board of regents elected him president emeritus.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Televangelist, Presenter
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    Su Guaning is a Singaporean academic and the President Emeritus of Nanyang Technological University.more

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    • Profession: Professor, Engineer
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    Johnnetta Betsch Cole is an American anthropologist, educator and museum director. Cole was the first African-American female president of Spelman College, a historically black college, serving from 1987 to 1997. She was president of Bennett College from 2002 to 2007. Since 2009, she has been Director ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Professor
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    Beverly Daniel Tatum is the current president of Spelman College. Tatum received her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. She also received an M.A. religious studies from Hartford Seminary. Tatum has received numerous honorary ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor
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    Andrew Davis Bruce
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    Andrew Davis Bruce was an American academic and soldier who served as the third president of the University of Houston. He retired from the United States Army in 1954 as a lieutenant general after seeing action in both World War I and World War II and founding Fort Hood. Three countries, France, the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1894-1969)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Military Officer
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    Charlene Drew Jarvis
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    Charlene Drew Jarvis is an American educator and former scientific researcher and politician who served as the president of Southeastern University until March 31, 2009. Jarvis is the daughter of the blood plasma and blood transfusion pioneer Charles Drew.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Researcher, Psychologist, Teacher
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    B. Joseph White
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    Bernard Joseph White is President Emeritus of the University of Illinois and James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is Dean Emeritus of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Professor
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    Alan David Gilbert AO was a historian and academic administrator who was until June 2010 the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester. During his tenure as vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, he pushed for and established Melbourne University Private, a private ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1944-2010)
    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
    • Profession: Historian, Professor
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    Horace Mann Bond was an American historian, college administrator, social science researcher, and the father of civil-rights leader Julian Bond. He earned a master's and doctorate from University of Chicago, at a time when only a small percentage of any young adults attended any college. He was an ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1904-1972)
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian, Teacher
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    Cleveland Sellers, Jr. is the current president of Voorhees College, and a veteran civil rights activist who helped lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was the only person convicted and jailed for events at the Orangeburg Massacre, a 1968 civil rights protest in which three students ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Denmark, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor
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    David Paul Roselle is an American mathematician and academic administrator who served as the ninth President of the University of Kentucky and the 25th President of the University of Delaware.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Professor
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    James J. Stukel
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    James J. Stukel served as the 15th President of the University of Illinois.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: College Administrator, Professor, Engineer
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    Norman Francis
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    Dr. Norman Christopher Francis, is the president of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been Xavier's president since 1968, making him the longest-tenured current leader of an American university and the only lay president of Xavier. He previously also served as the chairman of the Louisiana Recovery ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor
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    Eliphalet Nott
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    Eliphalet Nott, was a famed Presbyterian minister, inventor, educational pioneer, and long-term president of Union College, Schenectady, New York.more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1773-1866)
    • Birthplace: Ashford, Connecticut, United States of America
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    William Sanders Scarborough is generally thought to be the first African-American classical scholar. Scarborough served as president of Wilberforce University between 1908 and 1920 after having been born into slavery. He wrote a popular university textbook in Classical Greek that was widely used in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1852-1926)
    • Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor
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    Professor Shih Choon Fong is the former president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and a renowned fracture mechanics expert. Before joining KAUST as Founding President in December 2008, he was president of the National University of Singapore for 9 years and has been widely ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Profession: Professor, Engineer
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    James A. Hefner was president of Tennessee State University from 1991 to 2005. Before serving as the president of Tennessee State University he served as president of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Earlier positions include provost of Tuskegee Institute, and professor of economics at ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Brevard, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor
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    Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran is the 17th President of Kalamazoo College, succeeding James F. Jones. She is the first female president, as well as the first African-American president of the school.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Profession: Professor
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    Priscilla Slade

    Priscilla Dean Slade was president of Texas Southern University from October 27, 1999, until June 2006.more

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    • Profession: Professor
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