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History of Washington and Lee's Presidents

Washington and Lee University's first president, Robert Alexander, was the principal of Augusta Academy from 1749 until 1762. The University's current president, Kenneth P. Ruscio, is the 26th president of W&L.

The factual information on these pages comes from two main sources - Mame Warren, ed., Come Cheer for Washington and Lee: The University at 250 Years (1998) and Ollinger Crenshaw, General Lee's College: The Rise and Growth of Washington and Lee University (1969). Additional information comes from web sources such as Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Virginia. Specific reference information can be obtained by contacting president@wlu.edu.