Professional Background: U.S. Army lieutenant, professor of law at the University of Kentucky (1947), dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law (1948–1957), provost of the University of Kentucky (1954–1957), vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh (1957–1959), president of West Virginia University (1959–1961), Secretary of the Army (1961–1962)

Elvis J. Stahr Jr. became Indiana University’s twelfth president in 1962 after serving as the secretary of the Army during the first two years of the Kennedy administration. Stahr’s presidency saw the Gary and Calumet campuses combined to form IU Northwest, the joint IU–Purdue University campus established in Fort Wayne, the founding of the School of Library and Information Science, and the affiliation of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis with IU.

Stahr resigned from IU in 1968 to accept the presidency of the National Audubon Society, a position he held until 1981. Between 1981 and his death in 1998, Stahr practiced law in Washington, D.C., and lobbied for environmental issues.