Indiana University Bloomington

He will always be there

Michael Bradford, BA History '99

My lasting image of Chancellor Wells will be that of him "always being there." When I graduated in May 1999, we (the graduates) were hoping the ceremony would be moved inside because it had been raining and it was cold. The decision was to go ahead as planned and have the ceremony outdoors. It was still cold and windy and there were light sprinkles in the air throughout the ceremony. As the graduates paraded in, there was a lone figure on the stage — Dr. Wells, who sat through the 45 minute parade of graduates and the ceremony, while it was windy, cold, and raining.

After the ceremony, my parents asked me who was the gentleman sitting by himself on the stage before the graduation began. I simply said "Oh, that's Chancellor Wells, he's like the post office, he'll always be there."

Chancellor Wells will always be with us, because he will always be there.

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 24, 2000

Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.