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.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Founder and President (1974 - 1985)
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


Charles G. Lief, President (July 22, 2012)
clief-leadership-headshot


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)
Martin W. Janowitz

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