Presidents

When Oregon's Territorial legislature granted a charter in 1853, Oregon Institute became Willamette University.

Oregon Institute

  1. 1844-1847: Chloe Clarke Willson [ bio ]
  2. 1847-1848: Joseph Smith [ bio ]
  3. 1848-1849: James H. Wilbur, DD [ bio ]
  4. 1850-1850: Nehemiah Doane [ bio ]
  5. 1850-1853: Francis S. Hoyt, DD [ bio ]

Willamette University

  1. 1853-1860 Francis S. Hoyt, DD [ bio ]
  2. 1860-1865 Thomas Milton Gatch, PhD [ bio ]
  3. 1865-1865 Leonard J. Powell (interim) [ bio ]
  4. 1865-1867 Joseph Henry Wythe, MD, DD [ bio ]
  5. 1867-1868 Luther T. Woodward, AM (interim) [ bio ]
  6. 1868-1870 Nelson Rounds, DD [ bio ]
  7. 1870-1879 Thomas Milton Gatch, PhD [ bio ]
  8. 1879-1880 Charles E. Lambert, AM [ bio ]
  9. 1880-1891 Thomas Van Scoy, AM, DD [ bio ]
  10. 1891-1893 George Whitaker, AM, DD [ bio ]
  11. 1893-1902 Willis Chatman Hawley, AM, LLB [ bio ]
  12. 1902-1908 John Hamline Coleman, DD [ bio ]
  13. 1908-1914 Fletcher Homan, AM, STB [ bio ]
  14. 1914-1915 George Henry Alden, PhD (interim) [ bio ]
  15. 1915-1934 Carl Gregg Doney, PhD, LLD [ bio ]
  16. 1934-1941 Bruce Richard Baxter [ bio ]
  17. 1941-1942 Carl Sumner Knopf PhD [ bio ]
  18. 1942-1969 G. Herbert Smith PhD [ bio ]
  19. 1969-1972 Roger J. Fritz, PhD [ bio ]
  20. 1972-1973 James H. Corson (interim) [ bio ]
  21. 1974-1980 Robert Lisensky, PhD [ bio ]
  22. 1980-1997 Jerry E. Hudson, PhD [ bio ]
  23. 1997-1998 Bryan M. Johnston (interim) JD [ bio ]
  24. 1998-2011 M. Lee Pelton, PhD [ bio ]
  25. 2011-present Stephen E. Thorsett, PhD [ bio ]
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