Wills Hall was named after a man named Edward Houston Wills, whose portrait now adorns a wall above a stairwell in Wills Hall. Edward Houston Wills, born 1882, worked at Montevallo from 1909 until his death in June 1946, a total of thirty-seven years. Wills worked as a registrar and business manager for the university, serving three presidents throughout his employment (Palmer, Carmichael, and Harman). He completed a variety of tasks while acting as a good right arm for the presidents, including a notable occasion wherein he tried to gather more squirrels to come to campus. He was known as an admirable gentleman, beloved by students, who dedicated both the 1933 yearbook to him, and College Night in 1940.