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List of famous female college presidents, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female college presidents list contains the most prominent and top females known for being college presidents. There are thousand of females working as college presidents in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic college presidents have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a college president then the people below should give you inspiration.

Charlene Drew Jarvis and Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

While this isn't a list of all female college presidents, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female college presidents?" and "Who are the best female college presidents?"
Ruth Simmons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female College presidents
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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

Age: 71

Birthplace: Grapeland, Texas, United States of America

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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 ...more

Age: 80

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

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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 ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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Charlene Drew Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female College presidents
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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

Age: 75

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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