Richard Stanley 2012
Richard H. Stanley
BS '55, Mechanical Engineering & Electrical Engineering
Engineer. Businessman. World citizen. All have been used to describe Richard H. Stanley, chair and past president of the Stanley Foundation and chair emeritus and past president of the Stanley Group. Stanley is also the retired vice chair of the board of the HNI Corporation and has served on the board of directors of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
As chair of the Stanley Foundation, he oversees a private operating foundation directed toward achieving a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on world citizenship and effective global governance. These goals are advanced through policy analysis, conference dialogue, and communication and outreach initiatives.
In conjunction with foundation work, Stanley has received the Harry S. Truman Award from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Citizen Diplomat Award from the National Council for International Visitors.
As a professional engineer, Stanley has spent his entire career with Stanley Consultants, Inc., which provides engineering and related services worldwide. He has served as chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies; president of the Iowa Engineering Society; president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa; chair of the National Construction Industry Council; and chair of the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
In his hometown of Muscatine, Iowa, Stanley’s community service has included serving as director and founding chair of Unity HealthCare (now Trinity Muscatine), the community’s vertically integrated healthcare provider, and as the first president of the board of Eastern Iowa Community College. He is president and director of the Muscatine Health Support Foundation, which supports the development of the Muscatine area healthcare system, and he has been actively involved in many other church, community and civic activities.
Stanley is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hoover Medal, presented by a board representing all of the major national engineering societies and honoring engineers whose service promotes the well-being of humanity; the Distinguished Award of Merit from the American Council of Engineering Companies; the Anson Marston Medal from the College of Engineering at Iowa State; and the Herbert Hoover Centennial Award from the Iowa Engineering Society.
Stanley and his wife, Mary Jo (home economics ’55), reside in Muscatine. They are members of the Order of the Knoll Campanile Society and W.M. Beardshear Society and are life members of the ISU Alumni Association. The Stanleys have three children and eight grandchildren.