2018-present: Lenore Grenoble

2013- 2017: Patrick Farrell

2008-2013: Paul Chapin (1938-2015)

2004-2008: Gregory Ward

1999-2004: Sally McConnell-Ginet

1994-1999: Elizabeth C. Traugott

1989-1994: Frederick J. Newmeyer

1984-1989: D. Terence Langendoen

1979-1984: Victoria A. Fromkin (1923-2000)

1974-1979: Arthur S. Abramson (1925-2017)

1968-1974: Thomas A. Sebeok (1920-2001)

1952-1968: Archibald A. Hill (1902-1992)

1941-1952: J. Milton Cowan (1907-1993)

1926-1941: Roland Grubb Kent (1877-1952)