History of higher education
Are you wanting a list of past college & university presidents?
Many institutions list this information on their web pages.
For a historical listing, one source is:
Notable Americans : what they did, from 1620 to the present.
4th ed. / Linda S. Hubbard, editor. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1988.
TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto E176 .N89 1988
Another source has information about when institutions were founded, their presidents, & other details about their history:
Ohles, John F. : Public colleges and universities
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1986.
TC Wilson Library L901 .O333 1986
A related book in the same series is:
Ohles, John F. : Private colleges and universities
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1982.
TC Wilson Library L901 .O33 (2 vols).