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Senior Recognition Awards

Herman B Wells Senior Award

Herman B Wells walked the paths of Indiana University Bloomington as a student, faculty member, university president, and finally as our University Chancellor and guiding light. In each role, he lived the best values of Indiana University and inspired others to do likewise.

Wells had a radiant personality, a talent for service, and a deep and abiding love for Indiana University. A leader of uncommon vision and generosity, he was the architect of IU's rise to greatness. His legacy continues to permeate every corner of the university.

He also knew that the success of any university depends on the excellence of its faculty, so he hired scholars and researchers of international renown. He always realized the benefits of a global worldview, and so he "brought the world to Bloomington" through an impressive array of international programs, including a remarkable number of foreign language and area studies programs.

Wells was a world traveler who visited more than 100 countries. His other international activities included serving as a special advisor for the U.S. Department of State, as a delegate to the 12th General Assembly of the United Nations, and as a member of the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations in 1969.

He was a great champion of academic freedom and civil rights. With his guidance, Indiana University broke the race barrier in Big Ten sports.

Created in 1961 by the Indiana Memorial Union Board of Directors, the Herman B Wells Distinguished Senior Award honors one outstanding senior who has excelled academically and has established himself or herself as a leader within the IU community. Recipients of this award exemplify the spirit of Herman Wells.

To commemorate this honor, the recipient's name will be permanently displayed in the Indiana Memorial Union.


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