Steiner Hall and sculpture

Past Presidents

George Magoun, 1865-1884

1821 (Bath, ME) - 1896 (Grinnell, IA)

Education

  • Bath Academy
  • Bowdoin College, 1841
  • Andover Seminary, 1847
  • studied at Yale seminary

Career

  • Principal of public school in Galena, IL and of academy in Platteville, WI, 1844-1846
  • Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Galena, IL, 1848
  • Pastor of Congregational churches, Davenport and Lyons, IA, 5 years each
  • Studied and practiced law in Burlington, 1851-1855
  • President of Iowa College, 1865-1884
  • Professor of Mental and Moral Science, Iowa College, 1884-1890

Samuel Jay Buck, 1884-1887

1835 (Russia, NY) - 1918 (Grinnell, IA)

Education

  • Oberlin College, 1858
  • Oberlin College Theological Seminary, 1862

Career

  • Principal of academy, Orwell, OH, 1862-1864
  • Principal, Preparatory & English Department, Iowa College, 1864-1869
  • Professor of Mathematics & Natural Philosophy, Iowa College, 1869-1905
  • Acting President, Iowa College, 1884-87
  • Also county superintendent of schools, county surveyor, and financial agent for the college

George A. Gates, 1887-1900

1851 (Topsham, VT) - 1912 (Nashville, TN)

Education

  • St. Johnsbury Academy
  • Dartmouth College, 1873
  • Andover Seminary, 1880
  • Study and travel abroad, 1878-1879

Career

  • Principal of academy, Morrisville, VT, 1873-1875
  • Pastor, Congregational Church in Upper Montclair, NJ, 1880-1887
  • President, Iowa College, 1887-1900
  • Pastor, Cheyenne, WY, 1900-1901
  • President, Pomona College, 1902-1909

Dan Freeman Bradley, 1902-1905

1857 (Bangkok, Siam) - 1939 (Cleveland, OH)

Education

  • Oberlin College
  • Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1889

Career

  • Pastor, Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Acting President, Yankton College, SD, 1889-1892
  • President, Iowa College, 1902-1905
  • Pastor, Congregational Church, Cleveland, OH, 1905-1937

John Hanson Thomas Main, 1906-1931

1859 (Toledo, OH) - 1931 (Grinnell, IA)

Education

  • Moore's Hill College, A.B., 1880, A.M., 1883
  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D, 1892
  • Studied at Oberlin College, Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Grinnell College

Career

  • Professor of Greek at Moore's Hill College, Women's College of Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor of Greek, Grinnell College, 1892-1916
  • Acting President Grinnell College, 1900-1902
  • Dean of the Faculty, Grinnell College, 1902-1906
  • President Grinnell College, 1906-1931
  • Trustee, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Member of American Relief Commission to the Near East, ca. 1918
  • Mason

John Scholte Nollen, 1931-1940

1866 (Pella, IA) - 1952 (Des Moines, IA)

Education

  • Central College, Pella, IA, 1883-1885
  • State University of Iowa, B.A., 1888
  • University of Zurich, 1890-1891
  • University of Paris & College de France, 1892-1893
  • University of Leipzig, Ph.D., 1893
  • University of Berlin, 1900-01
  • State University of Iowa, LL.D, 1910

Career

  • Instructor Science & Math, Central College Academy, 1885-1887
  • Tutor, Cham, Switzerland, 1888-1890
  • Professor of Modern Languages, Grinnell College, 1893-1903
  • Professor of German, Indiana University, 1903-1907
  • President, Lake Forest College, 1907-1918
  • General Secretary, YMCA war work in Italy, 1918-1920
  • Commissioner, American Red Cross Commission to Europe, 1920
  • Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Modern Languages, Grinnell College, 1920-1931
  • Director, Grinnell State Bank, 1926-??
  • President of Grinnell College, 1931-1940
  • President Emeritus, 1940-1952
  • Kiwanis

 

Samuel Nowell Stevens, 1940-1954

1900 (Eastport, MD) - 1966

Education

  • Wesleyan University (CT), 1921
  • Garrett Institute, B.D., 1923
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D, 1925
  • Carleton College, LL.D., 1948

Career

  • Instructor in Psychology, Northwestern University, 1924-1934
  • Dean of the University College, Northwestern University, 1934-1940
  • U.S. Army during World War I
  • President, Grinnell College, 1940-1954
  • Stevens, Thurow & Associates (personnel management consultants), Chicago, IL, 1954-?

 

 Rupert A. Hawk, 1954-1955 (Acting President)

1903 (Cottageville, WV) - 1959 (Grinnell, IA)

Education

  • Grinnell College, BA, 1924
  • Drake University Law School, 1928-1929
  • State University of Iowa, Iowa City (Commerce and law), MA, 1932
  • John Marshall Law School, D. Jurisprudence, 1957
  • Columbia University (Education), 1945

Career

  • Teacher, Grinnell public schools, 1923-1947
  • Superintendent of Schools, Grinnell, 1937-1947
  • Instructor of Speech, Grinnell College, 1929-1932
  • Assistant Professor of Education, Grinnell College, 1942-1946
  • Associate Professor of Economics & Business, Grinnell College, 1947-1956
  • Treasurer, Grinnell College, 1948-1956
  • Acting President, Grinnell College, 1954-1955
  • Lannom Manufacturing Co, Grinnell, General Counsel, 1929-1952
  • Mason, Kiwanis, Elks, American Bar Association

 

Howard Rothmann Bowen, 1955-1964

1908 (Spokane, WA) - 1989 (Claremont, CA)

Education

  • Washington State University, BA, MA
  • State University of Iowa, Ph.D, 1935 (Economics)
  • Cambridge University and London School of Economics, 1937-1938

Career

  • Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor of Economics, State University of Iowa, 1935-1942
  • US Department of Commerce (chief of business structure studies), 1942-1944
  • Chief Economist, Joint Congressional Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, 1944-1945
  • Economist, Irving Trust Company, New York, 1945-1947
  • Dean, College of Commerce, and Professor of Economics, University of Illinois, 1947-1952
  • Professor of Economics, Williams College, 1952-1955
  • President, Grinnell College, 1955-1964
  • President, University of Iowa, 1964-1969
  • Professor of Economics, Claremont Graduate School, 1969-1970
  • President and Chancellor, Claremont University Center, 1970-1974
  • R. Stanton Avery Professor of Economics & Education, Claremont Graduate School, 1974-1984
  • Also consultant for federal and state commissions and agencies; author of 14 books and many articles; recipient of numerous awards and honors.

James Stauss, 1964-1965 (Acting President)

1914 (Otterville, IA) - 1975 (Colorado Springs, CO)

Education

  • Grinnell College, BA, 1936
  • Iowa State University, MS (Economics), 1937
  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D, 1945

Career

  • Faculty member at Texas A&M, University of Wisconsin, and University of Tennessee
  • Instructor of Economics, Grinnell College, 1946-1969
  • Dean, Grinnell College, 1960-1969
  • Acting President, Grinnell College, 1964-1965
  • Dean, Colorado College, 1969-75

 

Glenn Leggett, 1965-1974

1918 (Ashtabula, OH) - 2003 (Grinnell, IA)

Education

  • Middlebury College BA 1940
  • Ohio State University Ph.D 1949

Career

  • U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Taught at Ohio State University and M.I.T.
  • Taught at University of Washington 1952-?
  • Special Assistant to President, University of Washington
  • Vice Provost, University of Washington 1960-63
  • Provost, University of Washington 1963-65
  • President, Grinnell College 1965-74
  • Vice President for Corporate Communications, Deere & Co., Moline 1975-?
  • Author of numerous books

 

A. Richard Turner, 1975-1979

1932 (New Bedford, MA) - 2011 (Cape May, N.J.)

Education

  • Princeton University, BA, 1955; MA, Ph.D, 1959
  • University of Rome, 1955-1956

Career

  • Instructor of Art, University of Michigan, 1959-1960
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Art, Princeton University, 1960-1968
  • Professor of Art, Middlebury College, 1968-1979
  • President, Grinnell College, 1975-1979
  • Director, New York University Institute of Fine Arts, 1979-
  • Author of books and numerous articles on art history.

George Drake, 1979-1991

1934 (Springfield, MO) -

Education

  • Grinnell College, 1956
  • University of Paris, 1956-1957
  • Oxford University (Rhodes scholar), 1959-1962
  • University of Chicago, B.D., 1962; M.A., 1963; PhD, 1965
  • Colorado College, 1980; Ripon College, 1982, LL.D.
  • Illinois College, 1985; Ursinus College, 1988, L.H.D.

Career

  • Instructor of History, Grinnell College, 1960-1961
  • Professor of History, Colorado College, 1964-1979
  • Dean, Colorado College, 1969-1973
  • President, Grinnell College, 1979-1991
  • Peace Corps, South Africa, 1991-1993
  • Professor of History, Grinnell College, 1979-2004
  • President Emeritus, 2004-
  • Professor Emeritus of History, 2004-

Waldo S. Walker, 1988 (Acting President)

1931 (Fayette, IA) -

Education

  • Upper Iowa University, B.S, 1953
  • University of Iowa, M.S. 1957; Ph.D., 1959 (Botany)

Career

  • Instructor, University of Iowa, 1956-1958
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Associate Professor, and Professor of Biology, Grinnell College, 1959-1995
  • Associate Dean of the College, Grinnell College, 1963-1965
  • Project Director, National Science Foundation COSIP Grant, 1968-1971
  • Dean of Administration, Grinnell College, 1969-1973
  • Provost and Dean of the College, Grinnell College, 1973-1981
  • Executive Vice President of the College, Grinnell College, 1980-1991
  • Treasurer of the College, Grinnell College, 1988-1990
  • Acting President, Grinnell College, July 1988-January1989
  • Vice President for College Services & Director of Facilities Management, 1991-1995
  • Professor Emeritus of Biology 2001-

Pamela Ferguson, 1991-1997

1943 (Berwyn, IL) - 2004 (Des Moines, IA)

Education

  • Wellesley College, BA, 1965
  • University of Chicago, M.S. 1966; Ph.D., 1969 (Mathematics)

Career

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Northwestern University, 1969-1970
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Mathematics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 1970-1991
  • Associate Provost & Dean of the Graduate School, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 1987-1991
  • President, Grinnell College, 1991-97
  • Professor of Mathematics, Grinnell College, 1997-2004

Charles Duke, January 1998-August 1998 (Acting President)

1940 (Canton, NC) -

Education

  • North Carolina State University, BS, 1962
  • Iowa State University, Ph.D, 1967

Career

  • AEC Postdoctoral Fellow, Iowa State University 1967-68
  • Guest Physicist, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark 1968-69
  • Asst./Assoc./Full Professor of Physics, Grinnell College 1969-
  • Summer faculty program, Lawrence Livermore Lab 1970
  • Summer faculty program, Ames Laboratory 1971, 1972
  • Guest Professor, Mainz University, Mainz, Germany 1974-75
  • Guest Professor, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 1983
  • Dean of the Faculty, Grinnell College 1987-92
  • Dean of the College, Grinnell College 1992-97
  • Interim President, Grinnell College Jan.-Aug. 1998
  • Professor of Physics, Grinnell College, 1998-
  • Author of numerous articles in physics and recipient of numerous research grants.

Russell K. Osgood, 1998-2010

1947 (Fairborn, OH) -

Education

  • Yale College, BA, 1969
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1974

Career

  • Surface Line Officer, United States Navy, 1969-1971
  • Associate Attorney, Hill & Barlow, 1974-1978
  • Associate Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law, 1978-1980
  • Associate Professor, Professor of Law, Cornell University, 1980-1988
  • Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell University, 1988-1998
  • President of Grinnell College, 1998-2010
  • Professor of History and Political Science, 2010-
  • Author of numerous legal books and articles in law journals.

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