Past Presidents

Past Grove City College Presidents

​Past Presidents

ISAAC CONRAD KETLER
(1876-1913)
Grove City College was the dream and lifelong work of the Ketler and Pew families. In 1876, Grove City College began with 13 students. By the turn of the century, the enrollment had grown to 660 students.

ALEXANDER T. ORMOND
(1913-1915)
Under Dr. Ormond's leadership, the College's faculty continued to expand, the curriculum underwent a major revision leading to degrees in bachelor of arts, literature and science; master of arts and doctor of philosophy.

WEIR CARLYLE KETLER '08
(1916-1956)
Dr. Weir Ketler was a product of Grove City College, a familiar and beloved professor and coach- highly respected on campus. During his presidency, W. Ketler led the College through some extremely difficult times for our country: an economic depression, two world wars and others.

JOHN STANLEY HARKER '25
(1956-1971)
During his administration, the student body grew from 1,200 to 2,050 and the number of faculty members increased from 80 to 120. The curriculum of the school underwent extensive revision, the number of books in the library more than doubled, and eight buildings and several additions were constructed.

CHARLES SHERRARD MACKENZIE
(1971-1991)
Dr. MacKenzie was a newcomer to the College when he arrived in 1971. The most significant change brought about during his term of office was the introduction of the Keystone Curriculum which consisted of four courses required of all students, giving them a common grounding in the liberal arts tradition.

JERRY H. COMBEE
(1991-1995)
Dr. Combee was instrumental in moving the College into a position of national recognition and prominence through a greatly expanded marketing and public relations program.

JOHN H. MOORE
(1996-2003)
Dr. John H. Moore came to Grove City College in June 1996 with an extensive resume and left a legacy of excellence and service. In October 1996, Moore led the College through its withdrawal from federal student loan programs, which completed the College’s break from federal ties. An experienced international educator, Moore also encouraged the College to prepare students for Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships and he instituted student exchanges in Japan and South Korea. Moore also kept the College at the forefront of technology, and he and his wife, Sue, were instrumental in the College’s 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2001.

RICHARD G. JEWELL
(2003-2014)
In the fall of 2003, Richard G. Jewell ’67 left his Pittsburgh position as a director of the Chicago-based Navigant Consulting Inc., the nation’s largest forensic accounting firm, to assume the presidency of Grove City College. The College grew academically and spiritually under Jewell's leadership through the construction of the Breen Student Union, Colonial Hall Apartments, Rathburn Hall and STEM Hall. There were also major renovations and significant upgrades to a number of other buildings on campus. Jewell started and ended his term of office in the midst of massive capital campaigns. The first raised $69 million, the most ever for the College at that time. The second, Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College, has broken that record and is on track to generate $90 million.


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