List of Drexel Presidents, 1891 - present

President        

Years

James A. MacAlister

1891-1913

Hollis Godfrey

1913-1921

Kenneth G. Matheson

1921-1931

Parke R. Kolbe

1932-1942

George Peters Rea

1942-1944

James Creese

1945-1963

William W. Hagerty

1963-1984

William S. Gaither

1984-1987

Harold M. Myers (interim)

1987-1988

Richard Breslin

1988-1994

C. R. “Chuck” Pennoni (interim)

1994-1995

Constantine Papadakis

1995-2009

C. R. “Chuck” Pennoni (interim)         

2009-2010

John A. Fry

2010 - present

Transitional Leaders

Horace Churchman served as President pro tem for 6 months, from President MacAlister's retirement until Hollis Godfrey took office on December 1, 1913.

After President Matheson died in office in December 1931, the Board of Trustees created an interim committee of deans, chaired by Robert Disque, to lead the Institute until President Kolbe arrived. Robert Disque, then Dean of Faculty, headed another interim executive committee after President Kolbe died in office in 1942. Dean Disque later served as Acting President after President Rea resigned in August 1944 until President Creese took office in 1945. According to standards set in 2009, only presidents who signed student diplomas are given a numerical designation.