Professional Background: Professor of economics and business administration at Indiana University (1933–1935), dean of Indiana University’s School of Business (1935–1937)

In 1938, Herman B Wells was named Indiana University’s eleventh president, and at the age of 35, was the country’s youngest state university president. He served as president for a quarter century and remained a vital contributor as IU chancellor for another 37 years. His association with the institution spanned eight decades, dating from when he was a student to his death.

Wells was an educational visionary who helped transform IU into an internationally recognized center of research and scholarship. Under the Wells presidency, IU experienced its greatest growth and widened its scope to encompass the globe. To many people, Wells was an icon for Indiana University.