Professional Background: U.S. Army intelligence officer (1934–1946), professor of government at Indiana University (1953–1972), dean of IU’s College of Arts and Sciences (1965–1966), vice president and dean of the faculties at IU (1966–1968)

Joseph Lee Sutton was an academic presence on the Indiana University Bloomington campus for 13 years before being named president in 1968. His tenure saw the dedication of the IU Main Library in 1970.

Sutton resigned his position as president in 1971 but continued his work as a professor of political science at IU. He died on April 29, 1972, at the age of 48, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.