Dr. Marvin Hinds named 2018 IWU Alumni World Changer

Indiana Wesleyan University has named Dr. Marvin Hinds as the 2018 IWU Alumni World Changer. The award was established in 2012 by the Board of Trustees to honor an alumnus who has made or is making a significant difference in his or her corner of the world.

Hinds graduated from Marion College, now known as IWU, in 1951 with a major in Secondary Education. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, where he was awarded the National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals. Hinds went on to earn Ph.D. in Veterinary Physiology from Texas A&M in 1971.

Not long after, IWU contacted Hinds to help launch its nursing program, a program that is now ranked one of the top in the state. Hinds then taught for 23 years in the Department of Biology, also serving as the Pre-Med advisor for students.

Additionally, Hinds was passionate about research. Together with other scientists, Hinds spent 15 years conducting research to improve the defibrillator, lessening the traumatic effects it has on the heart. The work that Hinds did with this team has saved millions of lives and permanently changed the future of medicine and technology. 

Previous inductees include Cheryl Marie Beckett ‘00, a humanitarian worker who was killed in 2010 as she returned from a medical mission in Afghanistan; Howard Noggle ‘40, an alumnus who served five Marion College and IWU presidents in a variety of administrative positions; Doris Wall, a missionary to Guyana who helped to revise the New Testament in the Patamuna language; Charles DeVol ’26, a botany professor and missionary in China and Taiwan for 54 years; Francis Mustapha ’72, a nationally recognized high school science teacher who raised money to build Madina Village School in his native Sierra Leone; and Dr. David Blanchard ’53, an alumnus who worked for NASA.

Plaques honoring all recipients hang on the Alumni World Changer wall in Jackson Library on IWU’s residential campus.

“Our hope is that their stories would inspire current IWU students to make a difference wherever God places them,” said IWU President Dr. David Wright. “IWU Alumni World Changers are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things with their lives.”

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