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Presidents & Executive Directors of the Mountain Retreat Association/
Montreat Conference Center

Leaders of the Mountain Retreat Association and Montreat Conference Center all have had to deal with difficult economic times, tensions within the church, promotion of what would become the largest Presbyterian conference center, and the business of running a non-profit.

Here are the people who have led the MRA/MCC (the title sometimes shifted back and forth between President and Executive Director), including four interim or acting presidents (or executive directors) of lengthy terms (six months or more).

Rev. John C. Collins
March 25, 1897 - November 30, 1899

John S. Huyler
November 30, 1899 - August 21, 1906

Rev. Dr. James R. Howerton
August 21, 1906 - December 31, 1907
While Howerton retained the title as President at the request of the board during 1908 and 1909, he was not active in running the operations. James D. Murphy served in effect as Acting President during this period.

Judge James D. Murphy
(Acting President)
January 1, 1907 - August 25, 1909
President
August 25, 1909 - August 11, 1911

Rev. Dr. Robert Campbell Anderson
August 11, 1911 - December 31, 1946

Rev. Dr. John Rupert McGregor
January 1, 1947 - June 1, 1957

Frank L. Jackson
(Acting President)
August 7, 1957 - October 6, 1959

Rev. Dr. Calvin Grier Davis
October 6, 1959 - May 31, 1972

Silas Max. Vaughn, Ph.D.*
June 1, 1972 - September 20, 1975
*continued as President of Montreat College

Monroe Maston (Monk) Ashley
Sept. 20, 1975 - Sept. 30, 1979

Rev. Dr. Samuel (Sam) R. Hope
October 1, 1979 - December 31, 1984

Rev. Dr. H. William (Bill) Peterson
June 1, 1985 - March 1995

Rev. W. Kirk Allen
(Interim Executive Director)
April - December 1995

Rev. William S. Dunifon, Ph.D.
January 1, 1996 - July 1, 1997

R. James Henderson
(Interim Executive Director & President)
July 25, 1997 - April 30, 1998 and
Feb. 24, 2003 - Sept. 20, 2003

Emile H. Dieth, Jr.
May 1, 1998 - Feb. 18, 2003

George F. Barber, III
Sept. 21, 2003 - Feb. 15, 2008

Albert G. (Pete) Peery
Nov. 3, 2008 -

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Early Missionaries at Montreat
1897 - 1907 Montreat Summer Religious Conferences
1897 - 1902 Leading Mountain Retreat —
          John C. Collins & Weston Gales
1897 - 1907 Founding & Saving Montreat — John S. Huyler
The Lake: the Lure & Lore of Montreat's Dam
Early Businesses in Montreat (1899 - 1915)
Historical Foundation
MRA Presidents/Executive Directors
Montreat Musicals
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Note: photos being added below, wil be complete in September

 
 
     
 
James R. Howerton
 
James D. Murphy
     
 
Robert Campbell Anderson
 
John Rupert McGregor
     
 
Frank L. Jackson
 
Calvin Grier Davis
     
 
Silas M. Vaughn
 
Monroe (Monk) Ashley
     
 
Sam R. Hope
 
H. Wm. (Bill) Peterson
     
 
W. Kirk Allen
 
William S. Dunifon
     
 
R. James Henderson
 
Emile H. Dieth, Jr.
     
George F. Barber, III
Albert G. (Pete) Peery

 

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