German teachers at Cornell stay for a long time. The College has had fourteen Presidents since 1853, but only six German teachers
- Harriette Cook (1857-1886), also a Professor of History and Dean of Women; after leaving Cornell in 1890 she went on to found Goodwill Industries. Her portrait hangs in Bowman Hall.
- George Otto Curme (1885-1897), later a professor at Northwestern University, and author of what was for many years the standard grammar of the German language in English.
- Francis Asbury Wood (1897-1903)
- Charles Reuben Keyes (1903-1941), also the first professional archeologist of Iowa's Native Americans.
- F. Alan DuVal (1941-1982), author of two major textbooks (see DuVal Prize)
- Charles R. Connell, (1968- )