Alumni Relations

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dean Stanley received the Doermer School of Business (DSB) Distinguished Alumni Award for 1985. Criteria for the award include having a degree from DSB, assuming a position of increasing responsibility, and contributing time and talent to IPFW.Dean P. Stanley

Dean retired February 1, 1997, from Navistar International, the successor company to International Harvester Company, after 38 years of service.  Dean retired as Corporate Vice President, Quality Management and Technology and an executive officer of Navistar International Transportation Corporation. His career covered a wide range of assignments including engineering, product planning and development, manufacturing, corporate technology, quality management, information systems, corporate environmental affairs, energy management and acquisition studies.

Dean Stanley received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959, an M.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University in 1976 and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Dean joined International Harvester in 1959, at its Truck Technical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana as a test and development engineer.  He was promoted to Product Engineer, Diesel Engines in 1966; Chief Engineer, Gasoline Engine Emission Development and Diesel Engines in 1969; Manager, Engineering Planning in 1974; Manager, Product Planning and Development, Heavy Trucks in 1976; and Manager of Worldwide Engineering for Medium Trucks in 1979.  In 1981, he was appointed Vice President, Engineering, and elected Corporate Vice President, Engineering and Corporate Officer in 1984.  Dean become Vice President, Corporate Technology in 1988 and was named Vice President, Quality Management and Technology in 1990. Positions held comprised both line and staff in operations and corporate staff and required significant interaction and teamwork across all functions and operations. Career assignments could be generally characterized as being at the leading edge of company and industry change and innovation. 
In the summer of 1999, Indiana University- Purdue University, Fort Wayne recruited Mr. Stanley to be Interim Dean, Doermer School of Business and Visiting Professor of Business Administration for the 1999-2000 academic year while a search was completed for a permanent dean. The school is an AACSB accredited business school. Responsibilities focused on a number of key areas including development of an improved school strategic plan, reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation, developing a greatly expanded school presence in the northeast Indiana business community, recruiting and hiring personnel, and participation in University academic and administrative activities. He lectured frequently in the graduate and undergraduate programs including the capstone courses.  Dean retired from this position on September 1, 2000.

During 2000, Mr. Stanley initiated work as a management consultant with expertise in the areas of engineering, quality, and technology management; product planning and development; and environmental management. A significant project with one of the leading automotive industry suppliers was successfully completed in 2001. This project primarily involved work as an expert witness and providing advice to the legal team preparing the case in a product licensing dispute.
Awards received have included 1980 Citizen Engineer of Northeastern Indiana, 1985 Distinguished Business School Alumnus from Doermer School, 1988 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Forrest R. McFarland Award for session organizing, 1999 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Operation Exemplary Service Award, and IPFW 2000 Distinguished Service Award from IPFW. Dean was named an honorary member of the IPFW Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (Business School Honor Society) in 2000.

Mr. Stanley has been active with various professional, industrial, academic, government and civic organizations throughout his career.

He is a life member of the Society of Automotive Engineers  (SAE) and served on its Foundation Board of Trustees (1996-2005), Board of Directors (1989-1992) and organizing committees for the SAE International Truck and Bus Meeting and Exposition (1984-2004). Dean is a past chairman of SAE’s Truck and Bus Council, Commercial Vehicle Engineering Operations Committee, and Quality Improvement Committee. He was also a member of the SAE Education Board.

Dean is a life member of the National and Indiana Society’s of Professional Engineers and was president of the Indiana Society in 1977-78. He was a member of the Chicago Manufacturing Center’s Board of Directors from 1994-1998 and also participated on National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership center review panels in 1997-98.

Other professional associations have included Industrial Research Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Quality, Convergence International Transportation Electronics, and Air and Waste Management Association.

Involvement with industry associations have included Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, The Conference Board, and Manufacturers Alliance.

Dean is an emeritus member of Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science Advisory Board (1992-present, Chairman 2001-2003). He is an emeritus member of Northwestern University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Board (1996-present), and emeritus member of   Northwestern’s Master of Management and Manufacturing Degree Advisory Board (1989-present). He is a member of Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW)’s  Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences Advisory Council (1997-present). He was a member of the Commission on the Future of Clemson University; served on Northwestern’s Basic Industrial Research Lab and Industry Relations Advisory Boards; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Vision 2000 Fund Raising Committee.

Government agency interactions have included U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Transportation Research Board.

Civic activities have included United Way campaigns in Fort Wayne and Chicago, Chamber of Commerce-Fort Wayne, Junior Achievement-Fort Wayne, American Cancer Society-Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Corporate Council, Manufacturers Council-Springfield, Ohio, Summit Technology and Research–Fort Wayne, U. S. Treasury Bond campaign-Chicago, and Fort Wayne Mayor’s Small Business/Entrepreneurial Task Force.

Hobbies include reading, photography, woodworking, golf and travel. Dean and his wife Myrna have three children and eleven grandchildren.