List of Past Presidents of Ohio University

Listed below are the nineteen past presidents of Ohio University, along with link to finding aids for their papers held in the University Archives. There are also two documents of a more general nature: a historical sketch of the office of the President, and a finding aid for the Annual Reports of the Presidents, covering the years 1839 – 1993.

President Lindley  Jacob Lindley, A.M., D.D., 1774-1857
First President of Ohio University, 1809-1822

 

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James Irvine, A.M., 1793-1835
Second President of Ohio University, 1822-1824

President Wilson Robert G. Wilson, D.D., 1768-1851
Third President of Ohio University, 1824-1839

President McGuffey William Holmes McGuffey, D.D., LL.D., 1800-1873
Fourth President of Ohio University, 1839-1843

President Ryors Alfred Ryors, D.D., 1812-1858
Fifth President of Ohio University, 1848-1852

President Howard Solomon Howard, D.D., LL.D., 1811-1873
Sixth President of Ohio University, 1852-1872

President Scott William Henry Scott, A.M., LL.D.,1840-1937
Seventh President of Ohio University, 1872-1883

President Super Charles William Super, Ph.D., LL.D.,1842-1939
Eighth President of Ohio University, 1884-1896; 1899-1901

President Crook Isaac Crook, D.D.., LL.D., 1833-1916
Ninth President of Ohio University, 1896-1898

President Ellis Alston Ellis, Ph.D., LL.D.,1847-1920
Tenth President of Ohio University, 1901-1920

President Bryan Elmer Burritt Bryan, A.B., LL.D., L.H.D., 1865-1934
Eleventh President of Ohio University, 1921-1934

President James Herman Gerlach James, J.D., Ph.D., LL.D., 1887-1959
Twelfth President of Ohio University, 1935-1943

President Gamertsfelder Walter Sylvester Gamertsfelder, Ph.D., LL.D., 1885-1967
Thirteenth President of Ohio University, 1943-1945

President Baker John Calhoun Baker, M.B.A., D.C.S., LL.D., L.H.D., 1895-1999
Fourteenth President of Ohio University, 1945-1961

President Alden Vernon Roger Alden, M.B.A., LL.D., L.H.D., 1923-
Fifteenth President of Ohio University, 1962-1969

President Sowle Claude R. Sowle, J.D., 1928-1997
Sixteenth President of Ohio University, 1969-1974

President Crewson Harry B. Crewson, Ph.D., 1913-2003
Seventeenth President of Ohio University, 1974-1975

President Ping Charles J. Ping, B.D., Ph.D., 1930-
Eighteenth President of Ohio University, 1975-1994

President Glidden Robert Glidden, Ph.D., 1936 –
Nineteenth President of Ohio University, 1994-2004