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NACUA's Distinguished Service Award

Edward Stoner II - 2012

After growing up in northern Virginia, Edward Stoner, earned his B.A. degree at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he was a vice president and news director of the campus radio station, WGRE-FM. He earned his law degree at the University of Virginia and was one of the editors of the Law Review. 

Ed practiced law with the Reed Smith law firm and began practicing higher education law at Duquesne University. He was soon representing generally a number of institutions, including the three schools for whom he served as the primary NACUA representative: Duquesne University, Westminster College and Franciscan University of Steubenville. 

Since joining in 1985, Ed continues to be an actively engaged member and colleague. In 2006, he was granted a NACUA Life Membership in recognition of his outstanding service and sustained and substantial contributions to NACUA and the field of higher education law. He served as NACUA President from 2001 -2002. He served on the Board of Directors from 1988 – 1990 and 1998 – 2003. His volunteer service includes serving on: the Committee on Electronic Networking, Co-Chair of the Committee on Professional Relations, Chair of the Committee on Legal Education, Chair of the Committee on Nominations and Elections, Chair of Honors and Awards, and as Ex-Officio on Chair of the Task Force on Payment of Speakers’ Fees, Advisory Committee on Arrangements of the Annual Conference, Task Force on ABA Specialty Certification, Committee on Professional Development, Task Force on Annual Conference Programming, Committee on Information Services, Committee on Membership and Member Services, Committee on Finance and Audit, Committee on Board Operations, Committee on Publications, and the Committee on Strategic Planning. 

Ed has attended over 40 NACUA annual conference and workshops and has served as a speaker and moderator at nearly 30 educational programs. He is the author of numerous NACUA publications including one compendia and ten Journal of College and University Law articles. 

Ed retired in 2005. He and his wife, Mari-Etta, who sailed together across the Atlantic Ocean in the 1992 America 500 Quincentenary, are now living in the Florida Keys. They are traveling the world (by air) and sailing their sailboat Fancy Free in the Keys and the Bahamas from this base. They have no children but they have four NACUA godchildren whom they appreciate very much: Zach and Stephen Bernard and Laurie and Will Mullowney.

Ed’s NACUA colleagues describe him as optimistic and generous with colleagues. His colleagues also noted that Ed’s Model Student Conduct Code for 21st Century has helped not only NACUA members know the answers to their clients’ questions, but has been an invaluable to college and university staff and students. 

He is the recipient of several professional awards. In addition, he works with the Association for Student Conduct Administrators and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 

NACUA is pleased recognize Edward Stoner as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding and exemplary service to the Association, most especially for his service to the Board of Directors.