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Presidents of the Colleges

In July 2019, Joyce P. Jacobsen began serving as the 29th President of Hobart College and the 18th of William Smith College. She is the first woman to serve as president. Details on past presidents can be found on the President’s Page.

GENEVA COLLEGE

  • 1826-28: The Rev. Jasper Adams
  • 1830-35: The Rev. Richard S. Mason

HOBART COLLEGE

  • 1836-58: The Rev. Benjamin Hale
  • 1858-67: The Rev. Abner Jackson S.T.D. 1859
  • 1868-69: The Rev. James K. Stone
  • 1869-71: The Rev. James Rankine
  • 1871-76: The Rev. Maunsell Van Rensselaer M.A. S.T.D.
  • 1859-76: The Rev. William S. Perry
  • 1876-83: The Rev. Robert G. Hinsdale S.T.D. 1887
  • 1884-97: The Rev. Eliphalet N. Potter
  • 1897-1902: The Rev. Robert E. Jones

HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES

  • 1902-12: The Rev. Langdon C. Stewardson LL.D. 1913
  • 1913-18: The Rev. Lyman P. Powell
  • 1919-36: The Rev. Murray Bartlett L.H.D. ’37
  • 1936-42: William A. Eddy Litt. D. ’47
  • 1942-47: John M. Potter
  • 1947-48: Walter H. Durfee ’08, Sc.D. ’59
  • 1948-55: Alan W. Brown
  • 1956: H. Newton Hubbs P’40, LL.D.’56
  • 1956-66: The Rev. Louis M. Hirshson L.H.D. ’61
  • 1966-68: Albert E. Holland
  • 1969-70: Beverley D. Causey Jr. L.H.D. ’77
  • 1970-82: Allan A. Kuusisto P’78, P’81, L.H.D. ’82
  • 1982-91: Carroll W. Brewster L.H.D. ’91
  • 1991-99: Richard H. Hersh L.H.D. ’99
  • 1999-2017: Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21, President Emeritus
  • 2017-18: Gregory J. Vincent ’83
  • 2018-19: Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12
  • 2019-present: Joyce P. Jacobsen

The Deans of Hobart College

  • 1888–1925: William Pitt Durfee
  • 1925–37: Milton Haight Turk
  • 1938–48: Walter H. Durfee ’08, Sc.D.’59
  • 1948–55: Seymour Ballard Dunn
  • 1955–59: Walter H. Durfee ’08, Sc.D.’59
  • 1959–66: Benjamin Peter Atkinson
  • 1966–67: R. Channing Johnson
  • 1967–68: Richard D. DeBold
  • 1968–73: John R. O. McKean
  • 1973–82: Charles E. Love, Jr. ’62
  • 1983–92: Joseph P. Healey
  • 1992–97: Richard Guarasci
  • 1997–98: Aaron Schatzman
  • 1998–2008: Clarence Butler L.H.D. ’06
  • 2008–18: Eugen Baer P'95, P'97
  • 2018–19: Khuram Hussain
  • 2020–present: Scott Brophy ’78, P’12