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David Maxwell (b. December 2, 1944, New York City) is the president of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the 12th president of Drake and stepped into the role on May 15, 1999. He is the son of jazz trumpeter Jimmy Maxwell.

Dr. Maxwell earned his bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies from Grinnell College in 1966. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Slavic languages and literature from Brown University in 1968 and 1974, respectively.

At Brown, Dr. Maxwell was a university fellow and subsequently a National Defense Education Act fellow. He was also a Fulbright Fellow. In 1991, the Brown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences gave him the Distinguished Alumnus Citation.

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