Past Presidents

On July 1, 1853, Martin Brewer Anderson became the first president of the University of Rochester, a post he held for 35 years. In the years since, other visionary leaders and scholars have shaped Rochester’s mission to learn, discover, heal, create, and make the world ever better.

Richard Feldman

2018-2019 (INTERIM PRESIDENT)

University Professor of Philosophy

Joel Seligman

2005-2018 (PRESIDENT AND CEO)

University Professor of Political Science and of Business

Thomas H. Jackson

1994-2005 (PRESIDENT)

Distinguished University Professor in Political Science and Business Administration and President Emeritus

Dennis O’Brien

1984-1994 (PRESIDENT)

Robert Sproull

1975-1984 (PRESIDENT AND CEO)

W. Allen Wallis

1962-1975 (PRESIDENT/CHANCELLOR)

Cornelis de Kiewiet

1951-1961 (PRESIDENT)

Alan Valentine

1935-1950 (PRESIDENT)

Benjamin Rush Rhees

1900-1935 (PRESIDENT)

David Jayne Hill

1889-1896 (PRESIDENT)

Martin Brewer Anderson

1853-1888 (PRESIDENT)