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  • Shirley Marie Tilghman
    Shirley Marie Tilghman, OC FRS (/ˈtɪlmən/; née Caldwell; born 17 September 1946) is a Canadian scholar in molecular biology and an academic administrator. She is now a professor of molecular biology ...
  • Edward Dickinson Duffield (1871 - 1938)
    Edward Dickinson Duffield (March 31, 1871 – September 18, 1938) was an American politician, banker, and acting President of Princeton University following the retirement of John G. Hibben. Duffield s...
  • Rev. John Grier Hibben (1861 - 1933)
    President of Princeton from 1913-1933 John Grier Hibben (April 19, 1861 – May 16, 1933) was a Presbyterian minister, a philosopher, and educator. He served as president of Princeton University from...
  • Francis Landey Patton (1843 - 1932)
    Francis Landey Patton (January 22, 1843 – November 25, 1932) was a Bermudan-American educator, Presbyterian minister, academic administrator, and theologian, and served as the twelfth president of Pr...
  • James McCosh (1811 - 1894)
    James McCosh (April 1, 1811 – November 16, 1894) was a philosopher of the Scottish School of Common Sense. He was president of Princeton University 1868–88.
  • Jonathan Dickinson 1747 Died shortly after entering office from a pleuritic illness
  • Aaron Burr Sr. 1748–1757 Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Newark. Father of Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States. Died from illness while in office.
  • Jonathan Edwards 1758 Eminent theologian to the First Great Awakening. Died five weeks into office after a fever from a smallpox vaccine.
  • Jacob Green 1758–1759 Delegate for Morris County to the Provincial Congress of New Jersey. Father of Ashbel Green, 8th president of the university. Served as acting president.
  • Samuel Davies 1759–1761 Died shortly after entering office from pneumonia
  • Samuel Finley 1761–1766 Founder of West Nottingham Academy; Minister of the Cold Spring Presbyterian Church. Graduate of the Log College. Died while in office in Philadelphia seeking medical treatment.
  • John Blair 1767–1768 Graduate of the Log College. Served as acting president.
  • John Witherspoon 1768–1794 Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Delegate to the Second Continental Congress; Moderator of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Died while in office.
  • Samuel S. Smith 1795–1812 First president of Hampden–Sydney College. College of New Jersey alumnus. Resigned after pressure from the university trustees and ongoing issues with the institution.
  • Ashbel Green 1812–1822 Third Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives. College of New Jersey alumnus. Resigned after his loss of confidence in the university trustees.
  • Philip Lindsley 1822–1823 First president of the now-defunct University of Nashville. College of New Jersey alumnus. Served as acting president.
  • James Carnahan 1823–1854 One of the founders of the Chi Phi fraternity. College of New Jersey alumnus.
  • John Maclean Jr. 1854–1868 College of New Jersey alumnus
  • James McCosh 1868–1888
  • Francis L. Patton 1888–1902 Resigned after pressure from university trustees due to dissatisfaction with his lackluster administration style.
  • Woodrow Wilson 1902–1910 28th President of the United States; 34th Governor of New Jersey. College of New Jersey alumnus.
  • John A. Stewart 1910–1912 Served as acting president
  • John G. Hibben 1912–1932 College of New Jersey alumnus
  • Edward D. Duffield 1932–1933 Served as acting president
  • Harold W. Dodds 1933–1957 President of the National Municipal League. Princeton alumnus.
  • Robert F. Goheen 1957–1972 United States Ambassador to India. Princeton alumnus.
  • William G. Bowen 1972–1988 President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Princeton alumnus.
  • Harold T. Shapiro 1988–2001 10th President of the University of Michigan. Princeton alumnus.
  • Shirley M. Tilghman 2001–2013 First female president of Princeton University
  • Christopher L. Eisgruber 2013–present Princeton alumnus