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Bennington College History Overview: Presidents

A guide to archival, print, and visual resources about Bennington College.

Robert Devore Leigh 1928-1941

Lewis W Jones 1941-1947

Frederick H Burkhardt 1947-1957

Thomas P Brockway 1956

William C Fels & Family 1957-1964

Edward J Bloustein 1965-1971

Gail Thain Parker 1972-1976

Joseph S Iseman 1976

Robert H. Woodworth 1976

Joseph S Murphy 1977-1982

Elizabeth Coleman 1987-2013

Mariko Silver 2013-2019

Chronology of Presidents

President Robert Devore Leigh     1928-1941

  • Announcement of appointment     January 22, 1928           

‚ÄčActing President:  Lewis Webster Jones     1939 

President Lewis Webster Jones     1941-1947

  • Inauguration-like event     September 7, 1941
  • Took Office     September 1, 1941 
  • Inaugural Address of Lewis Webster Jones

President Frederick H. Burkhardt     1947-1957

  • Inauguration     October 4, 1947
  • Took Office     August 1, 1947
  • Inaugural Address of Frederick H. Burkhardt

Acting President Thomas Brockway     September 19,1956

William C. Fels     1957-1964

  • Inauguration     May 12, 1958
  • Took Office     July 1, 1957 
  • Inaugural Address of William C. Fels

Acting President Harry W. Pearson

  • Took Office     November 29, 1964      

Edward J. Bloustein     1965-1971

  • Inauguration     October 16, 1965
  • Took Office     August 1965
  • Inaugural Address of Edward J. Bloustein

Acting President: Donald R. Brown

Gail Thain Parker     1972-1976

  • Inauguration
  • Took Office     August 1, 1972

Acting President: Joseph S. Iseman     January 1976-early July 1976 

Acting President: Robert H. Woodworth     September 18, 1976    

Joseph S. Murphy     1977-1982

  • Inauguration
  • Took Office     January 1, 1977 

Michael K. Hooker     1982- June 1986

  • Inauguration     May 15, 1983
  • Took Office     July 1, 1982 
  • Inaugural Address of Michael K. Hooker

Acting President John H. Williams, II       

Elizabeth Coleman     July 1, 1987-June 30, 2013

Mariko Silver     July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2019

List compiled by Laura Payne, Crossett Library

Presidential Records in the Archive

College records from the administration of Robert Devore Leigh
 
College records from the administration of Lewis Webster Jones
 
College records from the administration of Frederick H. Burkhardt
 
College records from the administration of William C. Fels
 
College records from the administration of Edward J. Bloustein
 
College records from the administration of Gail Thain Parke
 
College records from the administration of Elizabeth Coleman

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