Herman B Wells

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-30
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
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Energetic, shrewd, and charming, Herman B Wells was the driving force behind the transformation of Indiana University -- which became a model for American public higher education in the 20th century. As James H. Capshew's carefully researched study demonstrates, Wells was a person of unusual sensitivity and a skilled and empathetic communicator, and his character and vision shaped the structure, ethos, and spirit of the institution in countless ways. Wells articulated a persuasive vision of the place of the university in the modern world. Under his leadership, Indiana University would grow in size and stature, establishing strong connections to the state, the nation, and the world. His dedication to the arts, to academic freedom, and to international education remained hallmarks of his 63-year tenure as President and University Chancellor at IU. Wells lavished particular attention to the flagship campus at Bloomington, expanding its footprint tenfold in size while maintaining the commitment to the woodland landscape as new buildings and facilities were constructed. Gracefully aging in place, he became a beloved paterfamilias to the IU clan. Wells built an institution, and, in the process, became one himself.

Author Biography

James H. Capshew serves on the faculty of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of Psychologists on the March: Science, Practice, and Professional Identity in America, 1929-1969 as well as numerous scholarly articles, and has served as editor of the journal History of Psychology and as editor for psychology of the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

Table of Contents

preface: A Hoosier State of Mindp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
List of Abbreviationsp. xxi
Prologue Campus Centennialp. 1
The Shaping of a Fiduciary, 1902-1937
In the Land of Jordanp. 11
Betwixt Banking and Social Sciencep. 37
The Politics of Bank Reformp. 59
First Taste of Academic Stewardship. 73
Transforming The University, 1937-1962
Acting like a Presidentp. 89
A Vision for Indiana Universityp. 115
Charting a New Coursep. 135
War Storiesp. 147
Renouncing Prejudicep. 165
Postwar World, Home and Abroadp. 179
Music Appreciationp. 207
The Man behind Kinseyp. 223
A Metropolis of Booksp. 239
Expanding the University's Universep. 253
Passing the Presidential Torchp. 279
At Large in the World, 1962-2OOO
Education and World Affairsp. 293
Back to Basics: Management and Marketingp. 305
Being Plucky: Covering the Distancep. 325
An Icon Aging in Placep. 341
A Peaceful Passingp. 357
Keeping the Memory Greenp. 371
Epilogue: Reflections on a HoosierAntasusp. 383
Appendix Memorial Resolutionp. 387
Notesp. 393
Bibliographyp. 425
Indexp. 443
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