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Suzanne Shipley
Fifteenth President
2007-

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Shipley became president of Shepherd University on June 29, 2007. She most recently served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

   

David L. Dunlop
Fourteenth President
1996-2007

Dunlop joined the Shepherd University family after an academic career at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown that spanned 20 years. He retired in June 2007.

   

Michael P. Riccards
Thirteenth President
1989-1995

A native of New Jersey, Riccards came to Shepherd after a presidency at St. Johns in New Mexico. He resigned in 1995 to assume the presidency of Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.

   

James A. Butcher
Twelfth President
1968-1988

The Glenville native joined Shepherd's elementary education faculty in 1961; he was named president seven years later. President Emeritus Butcher still lives in Shepherdstown.

   

Oliver S. Ikenberry
Eleventh President
1947-1968

Born in Virginia and raised in Colorado, Ikenberry was appointed president at age 39. He retired in 1968.

   

W.H.S. White
Tenth President
1920-1947

A Lewis County native, White holds the record for the longest administration: 27 years. He retired in 1947 at age 65 and died a year later.

   

Thomas C. Miller
Ninth Principal
1909-1920

A Union Army veteran, he had extensive background in education having served as superintendent of schools in Fairmont, professor of education at West Virginia University, and state superintendent of schools.

   

John Gottlieb Knutti
Eighth Principal
1903-1909

Born in Switzerland, Knutti moved to Alpena, West Virginia, as a young boy and worked with his family to clear a farm from the heavy forest. A graduate of West Virginia University, he died at age 38 of typhoid fever.

   

E.F. Goodwin
Seventh Principal
1901-1903

Left the College in disgrace after his accusations of criminal activity against a female faculty member were proven false.

   

A.C. Kimler
Sixth Principal
1892-1901

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, he believed so strongly in strengthening Shepherd's ties with the South Branch Valley that he undertook several 100-mile trips on bicycle through the region. Dismissed by the Board of Regents in 1901, Kimler became superintendent of Ceredo Schools in Wayne County.

   

E. Wade Vale
Fifth Principal
1891-1892

A graduate of Dickinson College, he holds the College record for the shortest administration: nine months.

   

Asa B. Bush
Fourth Principal
1887-1891

A West Virginia University graduate, Bush was the College's assistant principal. He resigned to become principal of Coushatta School in Louisiana.

   

T.J. Woofter
Third Principal
1885-1887

A graduate of Fairmont Normal and Nashville Normal University, Woofter resigned to become principal of Eberton Institute in Georgia.

   

D.D. Pendleton
Second Principal
1882-1885

A Confederate veteran who served on the staff of General William Pendleton, he married the daughter of A.R. Boteler, one of the founders of Shepherd. Asked to resign in 1885, Pendleton died at age 44 of injuries received in a threshing machine accident on his farm in 1886.

   

Joseph McMurran
First Principal
1871-1882

A Hampden-Sydney College graduate and a Confederate veteran of the Stonewall Brigade, McMurran resigned in 1882 because of the legislature's lack of financial support to Shepherd. Principal McMurran occasionally paid for the College's expenses out of his own pocket. He became a partner in the drugstore firm of Baker and McMurran in Shepherdstown. He died in 1902.

 

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