Stan is the Director of the Master of Arts in Sustainability Program and associated dual degree and certificate programs at Wake Forest University. He works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES). Stan served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA. Stan joined the EPA in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and later served as Deputy Regional Administrator of the EPA’s Atlanta office and as the Deputy Regional Administrator in Dallas, Texas. He was only the second person in the agency’s history to serve as Deputy Regional Administrator in more than one region. From 1985 to 1990, he served with the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Research Triangle Park. He was recognized as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012, the highest civilian award for a career Federal senior executive. He currently serves as Chair of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, is a member of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Stan received a BA in Politics from Wake Forest University and a PhD in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.