Throughout its history, the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria has had fifteen presidents, six of whom have studied at the university. The first of these was Karl Laudien (1928-1935), who came from Germany. Laudien was in charge of the Escuela de Artes y Oficios (School of Arts and Crafts) and the Colegio de Ingenieros (College of Engineers) José Miguel Carrera until 1935.
Later, Armando Quezada Acharán (1935-1936) took over as President, followed by Francisco Cereceda Cisternas (1936-1958) and Carlos Cerutti Gardeazábal, who would be in charge for a decade (1958-1968).
At the end of the sixties and beginning of the seventies, the USM was headed by Presidents Wilheim Feick (1968-1969), Jaime Chiang Acosta (1969-1972) and Domingo Santa María Santa Cruz (1972-1973). As of 1973, the University had designated maximum authorities: Juan Naylor Wieber (1973-1977) Ismael Huerta Díaz (1977-1984) and Arturo Niño de Zepeda Schele (1984-1989)
With the return to democratic life in our country, the University placed in the leadership of Gustavo Chiang Acosta (1989-1993), Adolfo Arata Andreani (1993-2007), Giovanni Pesce Santana (2001-2005), José Rodríguez Pérez (2005-2014) and Darcy Fuenzalida O’Shee (2014-present) the challenges of continuous growth, which has allowed the USM to continue consolidating itself as one of the most important universities in the country and in Latin America.
It should be noted that throughout its history the USM has been headed by six Presidents who were formed by the University: Carlos Cerutti Gardeazábal, Jaime Chiang Acosta, Gustavo Chiang Acosta, Adolfo Arata Andreani, José Rodríguez Pérez and Darcy Fuenzalida O’Shee.