Past Presidents

As a former slave, William Hooper Councill was not only determined in his pursuit of quality educational resources for African American students, but he was particularly self-driven. Aside from his time as the founder and president of Alabama A&M University, he had also served as a teacher, lawyer, politician, newspaperman, and civil rights leader. His commitment to the advancement and elevation of African Americans set precedence for the expectations of presidents to come.

Like Councill, the University’s past presidents have all been accomplished leaders who spent their time on The Hill advancing the causes of AAMU students and the surrounding communities.

Because of their commitment to academic and personal excellence, we are proud to highlight our institution’s past presidents.

William Hooper CouncillWilliam Hooper Councill1875 – 1909
William Soloman BuchananWalter Solomon Buchanan1909 – 1920
Theophilus Robert ParkerTheophilus Robert Parker1920 – 1927
Joseph Fanning DrakeJoseph Fanning Drake1927 – 1962
Richard David MorrisonRichard David Morrison1962 – 1984
Douglas CovingtonDouglas Covington1984 – 1987
Charles Harris MarburyCharles Harris Marbury1987 – 1991
David B. HensonDavid B. Henson1991 – 1995
John Thomas GibsonJohn Thomas Gibson1996 – 2005
Robert R. JenningsRobert R. Jennings2006 – 2008