The idea originated in 1969 by Lou Culp, publications and information officer for Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Indiana University at Fort Wayne formed its speakers bureau in 1970 under the direction of Bill Hart, university relations officer. A combined program brochure was first issued in 1973-74. In 1975-1975 a single listing with one administrator was established.
Source: Current (September, 1991), p. 15.