Past Presidents

Since the founding of the Naropa Institute in 1974, many individuals have contributed to its growth and development. While the designations of Naropa's leadership positions have changed over its history, each of the individuals in these positions of leadership has offered exemplary vision and direction to shape Naropa's path.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Founder and President (1974 - 1985)
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Charles G. Lief, President (July 22, 2012)
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John Whitehouse Cobb, President (2011 - 2012)
John Whitehouse Cobb

 

Stuart C. Lord, President (2009 - 2011)
Stuart C. Lord

 

Thomas B. Coburn, President (2003 - 2009) and President Emeritus
Thomas B. Coburn

 

John Whitehouse Cobb, President (1993 - 2003)
John Whitehouse Cobb

 

Barbara Dilley, President (1985 - 1993)
Babara Dilley

 

Judith L. Lief, Dean (1980 - 1985)
Judith Lief

 

William McKeever and Reginald Ray (pictured)
Co-Director (1978 - 1980)
Reginald Ray

 

William McKeever, Executive Director (1977 - 1978)

 

Karl Springer, Executive Director (1975 - 1977)

 

John Baker, Vice President (1974 - 1975)

John Baker

 

Martin W. Janowitz, Executive Director (1974 - 1975)

John Baker