President Coons served Iowa Wesleyan from 1928 to 1935. Rev. Dr. James Ephrain Coons was elected shortly after the resignation of Dr. Smith. Dr. Coons was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, from which he had received a D.D. He had taught at Boston University School of Theology, been a district superintendent, and was pastor at Newton Center in Massachusets. His seven-year presidency was a paradox of events. During the most significant economic depression in the United States, he faced the worst crisis in Iowa Wesleyan history – including severe budget cuts and a 20% cut in faculty salary, but his determined effort made material advances and academic achievements. In the light of history, Dr. Coons’ program and the faculty acceptance enabled the college to survive. Dr. Coons resigned in May 1935.