Being Lucky Reminiscences and Reflections

ISBN-10: 0253006139

ISBN-13: 9780253006134

Edition: 2012

Authors: Herman B. Wells

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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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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Herman B Wells (1902-2000) served Indiana University in a variety of capacities, most notably as its 11th president and as chancellor, and was pivotal in IU's development into a world-class institution of higher learning.

To Begin ...
Preface To The Reprinting Of Being Lucky
Preparation for the Presidency
Growing Up in Jamestown and the County Seat
Widening Horizons
What It Was Really Like
Country Bank Failures
Reopening, Reconstruction, and Reform
Apprenticeship in Academic Administration
The Fate of a Noncandidate
The Presidency
A Few Observations on Collegial Administration
How to Succeed without Really Trying
Money, Money, But Never Enough
The Private Sector: Indiana University Foundation
Academic Freedom and Tenure
To Make Room for the Future
Student and Alumni Relationships
Culture to the Crossroads
The University Looks Abroad
Academic Ferment
National and International Service
A Trip and a New Awareness
A Glorious Experience in the Springtime of My Career
With Clay in Occupied Germany
One World or None
An Unusual Mission to the U.S.S.R.
Education and World Affairs
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The American Council on Education and an Introduction to International Associations
The Educational Policies Commission
The Roots of PBS
Trying to Do One's Share
With My Hat on the Back of My Head
Beyond the Presidency
The Summing Up
The University Chancellor
Traditional Rite at Freshman Convocation
Time on Wells
Taking the Arts to the People
Telegrams from General Lucius Clay
Current Directors, Indiana University Foundation
Indiana University 150th Birthday Fund Subscriptions
Message to the University Community, November I, 1968
Indiana University Technical-Assistance Projects
Special Commissions and Committees
"All's Wells That Ends Well"
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