Wells completed a 5-year undergraduate program at Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and was awarded a Batchelor's degree in Art History at Tufts University. His success in the Graphic Arts division of the Museum School earned him the Rebecca H. Joslin scholarship award which set in motion his travel throughout Europe before beggining teaching at Northeastern University. He completed his MA at Boston University in Art History.
As a tenured Professor in the Art Department with a Masters degree in Art History, he focused on the interdependency of Art disciplines. As Dept. chair person, cooperative inter-department endeavors with Music, Dance and Theatre Departments were facilitated as well as the development of an Art Gallery presence in Northeastern's library.