The Herman B Wells Years (1938-1962)
Herman B Wells was Indiana University's eleventh president, and he significantly enhanced the university's international relations and international student population during his tenure. In 1949, Wells and several IU faculty members helped develop university-level training in Thailand. With the help of faculty member Leo Dowling, Wells established the first international center in 1951. Dowling had previously been appointed "counselor to foreign students" in 1943. Wells' international efforts are recognized in several ways, including a named Herman B Wells Professorship endowed by the classes of 1948 and 1950 to award faculty on the Bloomington campus "who embrace deep concern for the well-being of students and devotion to diversity, inclusion, and academic excellence."