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Presidents of the Institution

Barboursville Seminary, a.k.a. Barboursville College

  • T. S. (Thomas Smith) Wade 1888–1890 
  • Robert W. Douthat 1890–1895 
  • J. M. Boland 1895 
  • J. P. Marshall 1895–1896 
  • T. C. (Thomas Clark) Atkeson 1896–1897 
  • Zephaniah Meek 1897–1898 
  • S. F. McClung 1898–1900

Morris Harvey College

  • D. W. (David William) Shaw 1900–1909 
  • R. H. Alderman 1909–1914 
  • Paul H. Willis 1914–1916 
  • U. V. W. Darlington 1916–1920 
  • S. B. Vaught April 23, 1920-June 10, 1920* 
  • R. T. Webb 1920–1922 
  • C. S. (Charles S.) Pettis 1922–1923 
  • R. T. Brown 1923–1926 
  • U. V. W. Darlington 1926–1927 (Only two-time president) 
  • Robert H. Ruff 1927–1929 
  • George West Diehl 1929–1930 
  • David Kirby 1930–1931 
  • Leonard Riggleman 1931–1964 
  • Marshall Buckalew 1964–1975 
  • Robert L. Bliss 1975–1977 
  • Deal H. Tompkins 1977–1978 (Acting President)

The University of Charleston

  • Thomas G. Voss 1978–1984
  • William M. Davis 1984 (Chief Executive Officer) 
  • Richard D. Breslin 1984–1988 
  • Lewis N. McManus 1988–1989 
  • Edwin H. Welch 1989–present — Dr. Welch’s biography

*Frank Krebs, in his book Where There Is Faith, refers to Vaught as the “... president who never served.”