Past Presidents of the UNC SystemPast UNC System Presidents

Presidents of the University of North Carolina

  1. Joseph Caldwell1, 1804-12 and 1817-35
  2. Robert H. Chapman, 1812-16
  3. David L. Swain, 1835-68
  4. Soloman S. Pool2, 1868-70
  5. Kemp B. Battle, 1876-91
  6. George T. Winston, 1891-96
  7. Edwin A. Alderman, 1896-1900
  8. Francis P. Venable3, 1900-14
  9. Edward K. Graham3, 1914-18
  10. Harry W. Chase, 1919-30
  11. Frank P. Graham3, 1914-18
  12. Gordon Gray3, 1950-55
  13. William C. Friday, 1956-86
  14. C.D. Spangler, Jr., 1986-97
  15. Molly Corbett Broad, 1997-2005
  16. Erskine Bowles, 2006-2010
  17. Thomas W. Ross, 2011-2016
  18. Margaret Spellings, 2016-2019

1 Before 1804, the University was headed by “presiding professors.”
2 The University was closed by the reconstruction government in 1870 and reopened in September of 1875.
3 He was followed briefly by an acting president.

 

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