The complete list of University of Texas at Austin presidents
officially includes 28 individuals in the history
of the University
. The office of the president was originally established in 1895.
The position did not exist when the University was established in 1883. The founders of the University had decided to follow the example of University of Virginia
, where Thomas Jefferson
, a skeptic of central authority and bureaucracy, had prevented the establishment of such an office years before. The faculty would retain control, under the regents, through an annually selected chairman.John William Mallet
, a professor of physics, served as the first chairman of the faculty for one year, starting in 1883. Mallet was followed by William LeRoy Broun
, who served only briefly. Leslie Waggener
received the position in 1884, and served until 1894. Waggener subsequently served as president ad interim
until his death in 1896. George Tayloe Winston
, who took over in 1896, is officially considered the first president of The University of Texas.
President Logan Wilson
concurrently served as acting chancellor in 1954, until the chancellorship was abolished in September of that year. The position was re-instated in 1960, upon which Wilson left the presidency to become chancellor. In... Read More