John W. Stanley, Director of Athletics at the University of Evansville since 2007, announced his retirement today. Stanley's work at UE will continue through the end of June. Current Senior Associate Director of Athletics Dwight Merilatt will assume Athletic Director duties on an interim basis beginning July 1.
"I have been extremely fortunate to have served as the Aces Athletic Director," Stanley said. "The time has gone fast and now, at age 64, it seems appropriate to move to the next stage offering more time and flexibility for other parts of life."
Recognizing Stanley's contributions, President Tom Kazee added "John has accomplished a great deal in his tenure at UE and I have enjoyed working with him."
During his time at UE, Stanley was actively involved in the transition of the Aces from Roberts Stadium to the Ford Center and the development and construction of the Fifth Third basketball practice facility. Stanley also initiated other athletic department projects including the Beeler Academic Center, UE Hall of Fame renovation, and numerous other capital improvements for the Aces.
Stanley emphasized the importance of student-athlete academic performance, culminating most recently in the University winning two consecutive Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Championships. In the athletic arena, during Stanley's tenure, Aces teams participated in postseason or won championships 11 times, including the MVC regular season championship won by the baseball team this spring.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, Stanley was named the Under Armour I-AAA Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of College Athletic Directors.
Stanley added, "I have really enjoyed the people at UE, particularly, the coaches, staff, and Student/Athletes who all will leave me with a lifetime of great memories. I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for them into the future."
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