President Berry served Iowa Wesleyan from 1855 to 1870. On May 3, 1855, the Rev. Lucien W. Berry D.D., a friend of Harlan, was elected president at an increased salary of $1200. Berry had gained prestige in Indiana as a preacher and president of Indiana Asbury (1848-1854). In two years of service, he consolidated the Harlan innovations and expanded the faculty and enrollment. As a result, enrollment rose significantly in the collegiate department from 25 to 75. However, Berry’s regime was marked by a faculty controversy, and he resigned on November 25, 1857, to become president of the proposed Jefferson City University.