The Ganden Tripa, the throne-holders of Ganden Monastery, is the head of the Gelugpa order. The Ganden Tripa is nominated or appointed on the basis of a hierarchical progression based on merit, with a tenure of 7 years.
The first Ganden Tripa was Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432). The second was Kedrub Je (1385-1438).
The current (104th) Ganden Tripa is Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo (1935).