Raymond O. “Ronny” Wells is president of the Jacobs University Foundation of America and is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and thereafter had a 35-year career as a mathematics professor at Rice University in Houston. He is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim awards in addition to the U.S. Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and is a Fellow of the AAAS and the American Mathematical Society. In 1970-71 and in 1979-80 he was a Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at Brandeis, Gottingen, Paris, Oxford, Colorado, and Bremen. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Wells was in Bremen working on the creation of International University Bremen, and from 2001 until 2005 he served there as Vice President for External Affairs and Professor of Mathematics. He is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington and served as the President of the Carl Schurz Deutsch-Amerikanischer Club in Bremen from 2002 till 2010.