Professional Background: Professor of biology at Butler University (1875–1879), professor of biology and zoology at Indiana University (1875–1885)

On January 1, 1885, 34-year-old David Starr Jordan was inaugurated as the seventh president of Indiana University. Jordan was an outstanding scientist and the first layman to be named president of IU.

He oversaw the university’s move to the new campus at Dunn’s Woods in 1885, secured money for new buildings from the legislature, introduced the major department system, lectured on the value of the university to the state of Indiana, and increased IU’s enrollment and its number of faculty members.

Jordan resigned in 1891 to become president of Stanford University, a post he held until 1913. He died on September 19, 1931.