This page contains an image gallery of all the Presidents of the University of Alabama, followed by a chronological list, which also includes acting and interim presidents.

The images are part of the UA Libraries digital collection University of Alabama Presidential Portraits. Some are of paintings housed at W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library (with the exception of the painting of George Denny, which hangs at Gorgas Library). The photograph portraits were provided by the President’s Office.

Ownership of all digital content in the exhibit is retained by the institution, and reproduction is prohibited without permission. Please contact the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library about reuse of these materials.



Gallery (Alphabetical)


John Abercrombie

John William Abercrombie

Fourteenth President of the University of Alabama,
1902-1911

Stuart Bell

Stuart R. Bell

Twenty-eighth President of the University of Alabama,
2015-

oliver Carmichael

Oliver Cromwell Carmichael

Ninteenth President of the University of Alabama,
1953-1957

George Denny

George Hutcheson Denny

Fifteenth President of the University of Alabama,
1911-1936, 1941-1942

John Gallalee

John Morin Gallalee

Eighteenth President of the University of Alabama,
1948-1953

Josiah Gorgas

Josiah Gorgas

Eighth President of the University of Alabama,
1878-1879

Burwell Lewis

Burwell Boykin Lewis

Ninth President of the University of Alabama,
1880-1885

Basil Manly

Basil Manly

Second President of the University of Alabama,
1837-1855

Matthew Maury

Matthew F. Maury

Twenty-first President of the University of Alabama,
1969-1980

James Powers

James Knox Powers

Twelfth President of the University of Alabama,
1897-1901

Roger Sayers

E. Roger Sayers

Twenty-third President of the University of Alabama,
1988-1996

Carlos Smith

Carlos Green Smith

Seventh President of the University of Alabama,
1874-1878

Joab Thomas

Joab Langston Thomas

Twenty-second President of the University of Alabama,
1981-1988

Alva Woods

Alva Woods

First President of the University of Alabama,
1831-1837

Guy Bailey

Guy Hubert Bailey

Twenty-sixth President of the University of Alabama,
2012

Judith Bonner

Judith L. Bonner

Twenty-seventh President of the University of Alabama,
2012-2015

Henry Clayton

Henry DeLamar Clayton

Tenth President of the University of Alabama,
1886-1889

Richard Foster

Richard Clarke Foster

Sixteenth President of the University of Alabama,
1937-1941

Landon Garland

Landon Cabell Garland

Third President of the University of Alabama,
1855-1865

Richard Jones

Richard Channing Jones

Eleventh President of the University of Alabama,
1890-1897

Nathaniel Lupton

Nathaniel Thomas Lupton

Sixth President of the University of Alabama,
1871-1874

David Mathews

F. David Mathews

Fifth President of the University of Alabama,
1871

Raymond Paty

Raymond Ross Paty

Seventeenth President of the University of Alabama,
1942-1947

Frank Rose

Frank Anthony Rose

Twentieth President of the University of Alabama,
1958-1969

William Smith

William Russell Smith

Fourth President of the University of Alabama,
1870-1871

Andrew Sorensen

Andrew A. Sorensen

Twenty-fourth President of the University of Alabama,
1996-2002

Robert Witt

Robert E. Witt

Twenty-fifth President of the University of Alabama,
2003-2012

William Wyman

William Stokes Wyman

Thirteenth President of the University of Alabama,
1901-1902

List (Chronological)


  1. Alva Woods, 1831-1837
  2. Basil Manly, 1837-1855
  3. Landon Cabell Garland, 1855-1865
    (Reconstruction, 1865-1870)
  4. William Russell Smith, 1870-1871
  5. Matthew F. Maury, 1871
  6. Nathaniel Thomas Lupton, 1871-1874
  7. Carlos Green Smith, 1874-1878
  8. Josiah Gorgas, 1878-1879
    William Stokes Wyman (Acting), 1879-1880
  9. Burwell Boykin Lewis, 1880-1885
    William Stokes Wyman (Acting), 1885-1886
  10. Henry DeLamar Clayton, 1886-1889
    William Stokes Wyman (Acting), 1889-1890
  11. Richard Channing Jones, 1890-1897
  12. James Knox Powers, 1897-1901
  13. William Stokes Wyman, 1901-1902
  14. John William Abercrombie, 1902-1911
  15. George Hutcheson Denny, 1911-1936
  16. Richard Clarke Foster, 1937-1941
  17. George Hutcheson Denny, 1941-1942
  18. Raymond Ross Paty, 1942-1947
    Ralph E. Adams (Acting), 1947-1948
  19. John Morin Gallalee, 1948-1953
    Lee Bidgood (Acting), 1953
  20. Oliver Cromwell Carmichael, 1953-1957
    James H. Newman (Acting), 1957-1958
  21. Frank Anthony Rose, 1958-1969
  22. F. David Mathews*, 1969-1980
    Richard Ashley Thigpen (Acting), 1975-1977
    Howard B. Gundy (Acting), 1980-1981
  23. Joab Langston Thomas, 1981-1988
  24. E. Roger Sayers, 1988-1996
  25. Andrew A. Sorensen, 1996-2002
    J. Barry Mason (Interim), 2002-2003
  26. Robert E. Witt, 2003-2012
  27. Guy Hubert Bailey, 2012
  28. Judith L. Bonner, 2012-2015
  29. Stuart R. Bell, 2015-

*Served as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare during 1975-1977