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Past Rectors

* W&L alumnus  
+ died in office

Rectors

Robert Alexander, A.M., Augusta Academy 1749-1762
John Brown, D.D., Augusta Academy 1762-1776
William Graham, A.M., Liberty Hall Academy 1776-1796
Samuel Legrande Campbell *, M.D, Liberty Hall Academy 1797-1798
Washington Academy 1798-1799
George Addison Baxter *, D.D., Washington Academy 1799-1813, Washington College 1813-1829
Louis Marshall, M.D., Washington College 1830-1834
Henry Vethake, M.D., LL.D., Washington College 1834-1836
Henry Ruffner *, D.D., LL.D., Washington College 1836-1848
George Junkin, D.D., Washington College 1848-1861
John W. Brockenbrough, LL.D., Washington College 1865-1871

Washington and Lee University
John W. Brockenbrough, LL.D., 1871-1872
Alfred Leyburn *, M.D., 1872-1878
Francis T. Anderson *, 1879-1887
William McLaughlin, 1888-1898
Givens Brown Strickler *, D.D., 1898-1913
William A. Anderson, LL.B., 1913-1924
Lucian Howard Cocke *, LL.B., 1924-1928
George Walker St. Clair, 1929-1938
George Campbell Peery *, B.L. (acting), 1939-1939
Herbert Fitzpatrick *, B.L., 1940-1952
James Randolph Caskie *, LL.B., 1953-1963
James Morrison Hutcheson *, 1964-1964
Huston W. St. Clair *, 1965-1970
John Newton Thomas *, 1970-1974
Rosser Lynn Malone, Jr. *, LL.B., 1974-1974
Edgar Marshall Nuckols, Jr. *, J.D., 1974-1981
James McMorrow Ballengee, Sr. *, J.D., 1981-1990
Algene Steven Miles, Jr. *, 1990-1997
James Frank Surface, Jr. *1997-2003
Philip Weltner Norwood *, 2003 - May 2008
Jack Donald Childress *, May 2008 - present

Biographies of Washington and Lee University Presidents