J.S. Landers was born in January 1863 in Burensburg,
Illinois. He graduated from Northern Indiana Normal School, earned a Bachelor
of Science degree from Valparaiso University, and later A.B. and A.M.
degrees from the University of Colorado.
Landers served as a principal and superintendent of schools in Illinois
from 1887 to 1896. Landers headed to Oregon in 1896 to become of The Dalles
High School principal. In 1906, he moved to Pendleton, Oregon to become
the superintendent of the Pendleton school system. In 1918, Landers accepted
a position in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he taught and headed the psychology
department at the University of New Mexico until 1921.
Landers moved back to Oregon in 1921 to become the Oregon Normal School
(ONS) President. During his time at ONS, President Landers formed close
relationships with the students and faculty, and was well respected by
both groups. In 1970, a new residence hall on campus was named in
his honor. Landers continued his affliation with ONS even after the end of his presidency
in 1932. Landers remained at ONS as emeritus professor until his retirement
on July 1, 1947. Landers was a member of the National Education Association
and many honorary fraternities. He also published several books on psychology
and education subjects. Joseph Samuel Landers died on August 28, 1947, in
his home in Monmouth, Oregon.