Being Lucky

Being Lucky : Reminiscences and Reflections

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 793.78g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 49 b&w illus.
  • 0253115566
  • 9780253115560

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In the early chapters of this book Herman Wells recalls his boyhood in a small Indiana town, the strong influence of his parents, and his pioneering work for the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions during the Depression. In ten reflective chapters on the presidency itself, Dr. Wells gives us his views, lighthearted as well as serious, on how to run a university, and specifically how he approached the job at Indiana. Being Lucky is full of the reflections, advice, wit, and wisdom of a remarkable man.show more

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"Being Lucky is as entertaining as it is informative. Wells' biographer, James H. Capshew, called it 'a manual of higher education management.'... Reading Wells' fascinating autobiography shows why it is no wonder that Indiana University is so proud of the great man and honors his accomplishments." -LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL "Wells's humor, wit, and humanity pervade every chapter." -Indiana Magazine of History "An honest report by a most successful educator [and] a tribute to a great university and to a man with foresight who also had the courage to act on his convictions." -The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette "Much more than the title might suggest [this is] a heart-warming account of a young boy and his parents determined that a son should have a college education, a classic and detailed account of his widening involvement with every aspect of higher education, and a stirring story of a wise administrator. [Wells's] life is an astonishing success story.... He was not just lucky, he was careful and courageous." -Journal of Higher Education "A tribute to a great university and to a man with foresight who also had the courage to act on his convictions." -Fort Wayne Journal-Gazetteshow more

About Herman B. Wells

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.show more

Table of contents

To Begin...Preparation for the Presidency1. Growing Up in Jamestown and the County Seat2. Widening Horizons3. What It Was Really Like4. Country Bank Failures5. Reopening, Reconstruction, and Reform6. Apprenticeship in Academic Administration7. The Fate of a NoncandidateThe Presidency8. A Few Observations on Collegial Administration9. How to Succeed without Really Trying10. Money, Money, But Never Enough11. The Private Sector: Indiana University Foundation12. Academic Freedom and Tenure13. To Make Room for the Future14. Student and Alumni Relationships15. Culture to the Crossroads16. The University Looks Abroad17. Academic FermentNational And International Service18. A Trip and a New Awareness19. A Glorious Experience in the Springtime of My Career20. With Clay in Occupied Germany21. One World or None22. An Unusual Mission to the U.S.S.R.23. Education and World Affairs24. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching25. The American Council on Education and an Introduction to International Associations26. The Educational Policies Commission27. The Roots of PBS28. Trying to Do One's Share29. With My Hat on the Back of My HeadBeyond the Presidency30. The Summing Up31. The University Chancellor32. EpilogueAppendixA. ChronologyB. Traditional Rite at Freshman ConvocationC. Time on WellsD. Taking the Arts to the PeopleE. Telegrams from General Lucius ClayF. Current Directors, Indiana University FoundationG. Indiana University 150th Birthday Fund SubscriptionsH. Message to the University Community, November 1, 1968I. Indiana University Technical-Assistance ProjectsJ. Special Commissions and CommitteesK. "All's Wells That Ends Well"Indexshow more

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