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Being lucky : reminiscences and reflections

Author: Herman B Wells
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1980.
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Wells, Herman B.
Being lucky.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1980
Named Person: Herman B Wells; Herman B Wells
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman B Wells
ISBN: 0253115566 9780253115560
OCLC Number: 6330750
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 493 pages, [9] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: To Begin... Preparation for the Presidency 1. Growing Up in Jamestown and the County Seat 2. Widening Horizons 3. What It Was Really Like 4. Country Bank Failures 5. Reopening, Reconstruction, and Reform 6. Apprenticeship in Academic Administration 7. The Fate of a Noncandidate The Presidency 8. A Few Observations on Collegial Administration 9. How to Succeed without Really Trying 10. Money, Money, But Never Enough 11. The Private Sector: Indiana University Foundation 12. Academic Freedom and Tenure 13. To Make Room for the Future 14. Student and Alumni Relationships 15. Culture to the Crossroads 16. The University Looks Abroad 17. Academic Ferment National And International Service 18. A Trip and a New Awareness 19. A Glorious Experience in the Springtime of My Career 20. With Clay in Occupied Germany 21. One World or None 22. An Unusual Mission to the U.S.S.R. 23. Education and World Affairs 24. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 25. The American Council on Education and an Introduction to International Associations 26. The Educational Policies Commission 27. The Roots of PBS 28. Trying to Do One's Share 29. With My Hat on the Back of My Head Beyond the Presidency 30. The Summing Up 31. The University Chancellor 32. Epilogue Appendix A. Chronology B. Traditional Rite at Freshman Convocation C. Time on Wells D. Taking the Arts to the People E. Telegrams from General Lucius Clay F. Current Directors, Indiana University Foundation G. Indiana University 150th Birthday Fund Subscriptions H. Message to the University Community, November 1, 1968 I. Indiana University Technical-Assistance Projects J. Special Commissions and Committees K. "All's Wells That Ends Well" Index
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In this absorbing autobiography, Herman B Wells, the legendary former president of Indiana University, recalls his small-town boyhood, the strong influence of his parents, his pioneering work with Indiana banks during the Great Depression, and his connection with IU, which began as a student when the still provincial school had fewer than 3,000 students. At the end of his 25-year tenure as president, IU was a university with an international reputation and a student body that would soon exceed 30,000. Both lighthearted and serious, Wells's reflections describe in welcome detail how he approached the job, his observations on administration, his thoughts on academic freedom and tenure, his approach to student and alumni relations, and his views on the role of the university as a cultural center. Being Lucky is a nourishing brew of the memories, advice, wit, and wisdom of a remarkable man.


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