Presidents of William & Mary

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17th-18th century

Rev. James Blair, Febuary 1693-April 18th, 1743

Rev. William Dawson, July 18th, 1743-July 1752

William Stith, August 13th, 1752-September 10, 1755

Rev. Thomas Dawson, November 1st, 1755-November 29th, 1760

William Yates, Fall, 1760-December 1764

James Horrocks, late 1764/early 1765-1771. There is some uncertainty surrounding Horrocks' starting date as President because of the unknown date of Yates' death.

John Camm, June 21st, 1771-Spring 1777. Camm was the interm president from June 21st, 1771 to March 20th, 1772, while Horrocks was away and ill in England. He became the official president on July 30th, 1772. Camm was also removed from his position in Spring 1777, because of his loyalist sympathies.

Rev. James Madison, Fall 1777-March 6th, 1812. Though Madison was the president during the remainder of the American Revolution, the college was closed from June 1st, 1781 to October 1782, due to the conflict.

19th Century

Rev. John Bracken, 1812-1814

John Augustine Smith, 1814-1826

William H. Wilmer, 1826-1827

Rev. Adam Empie, 1827-1836

Thomas Roderick Dew, 1836-1846

Robert Saunders, 1847-1848

Rev. John Johns, 1849-1854

Benjamin S. Ewell, 1854-1888

Lyon G. Tyler, 1888-1919

20th Century

Julian A.C. Chandler, 1919-May 31, 1934 (Dean Hoke had assumed the duties of the president earlier in 1934 when Chandler's health was in decline.)

John Stewart Bryan, 1934-1942

John Edwin Pomfret, 1942-1951

Alvin Duke Chandler, 1951-1960

Davis Young Paschall, 1960-1971

Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr., 1971-1985

Paul R. Verkuil, 1985-1992

Timothy J. Sullivan, 1992-June 30, 2005

21st Century

Gene Ray Nichol, Jr. 2005-February 12, 2008

Interim Presidents

1854-- Benjamin S. Ewell: Ewell was appointed president of the College of William and Mary as well as chair of mathematics. Ewell requested that his appointment as president be only temporary while the Board of Visitors searched for a permanent president.

January 1934-June 30, 1934, Dean Hoke: Dean Hoke assumed the duties of the president in 1934 when President J.A.C. Chandler's health was declining. Chandler later died on May 31, 1934.

September 18, 1951-October 11, 1951, James W. Miller: Miller was a Chancellor Professor who served as acting president in the interim between President Pomfret's resignation to take over the Huntington Library and the appointment by the Board of Visitors of Alvin Duke Chandler as College President.

January 9, 1985-June 30, 1985, George R. Healy: Healy was provost at the College of William and Mary. He assumed the role of acting president after President Graves resigned to assume leadership of Winterthur and before President Verkuil assumed the presidency.

February 7, 1992-June 30, 1992, Melvyn D. Schiavelli: (Schiavelli had served as acting president unofficially since January 7, 1992) Schiavelli was provost at the College of William and Mary. He assumed the duties of the president after President Verkuil resigned to become CEO of AAA and before President Sullivan assumed the presidency.

February 12, 2008-present, W. Taylor Reveley: Dean of the Marshall Wythe School of Law

External Links

Past Presidents of the College of William and Mary

Official W&M Webpage of Gene R. Nichol

W&M Webpage of Former President Timothy J. Sullivan