List of Presidents of Brown University

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The following is a list of Presidents of Brown University From 1765 to the 1920s, the president was required by the University Charter to be of the Baptist denomination:

President Brown Class Life Tenure Events
1. Reverend James Manning 1738–1791 1765–1791 The College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is established in Warren, RI, (1765) moves to Providence (1770) and establishes campus on College Hill. American Revolution.
2. Reverend Jonathan Maxcy[1] 1787 1768–1820 1792–1802 First alum to be president
3. Reverend Asa Messer[2] 1790 1769–1836 1802–1826 The College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is renamed as Brown University; first Medical School founded
4. Reverend Francis Wayland 1796–1865 1827–1855 Suspension of the Medical School
5. Reverend Barnas Sears 1825 1802–1880 1855–1867
6. Reverend Alexis Caswell 1822 1799–1877 1868–1872
7. Reverend Ezekiel Robinson[3] 1838 1815–1894 1872–1889 Graduate study instituted
8. Reverend Elisha Andrews 1870 1844–1917 1889–1898 Women's College founded
9. Reverend William Faunce[4] 1880 1859–1930 1899–1929 Women's College renamed to Pembroke College
10. Reverend Clarence Barbour 1888 1867–1937 1929–1937 Last of long line of Baptist minister Presidents
11. Henry Wriston 1889–1978 1937–1955 First non-Baptist (Methodist) president and first president since Wayland to not be a Brown alumnus
12. Barnaby Keeney 1914–1980 1955–1966
13. Ray Heffner[5] 1925–2012 1966–1969 New Curriculum passed
14. Donald Hornig[6] 1920–2013 1970–1976 Pembroke merged with Brown, Medical School founded
15. Howard Swearer 1932–1991 1977–1988
16. Vartan Gregorian 1934– 1989–1997
17. Gordon Gee 1944– 1998–2000
18. Sheila Blumstein 1944– February 2000-July 2001 Blumstein served as Dean of the College at Brown from 1987-1995; as Interim Provost in 1998; and as Interim President from February 2000 to July 2001[7]
19. Ruth Simmons 1945– 2001–2012 In 2001, Time named Simmons as America's best college president. First woman and first African-American President of an Ivy League school
20. Christina Paxson 1960– 2012–

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