Robert Stone Ready to Provide Insight as BOT Alumni Rep

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Electrical engineering alumnus Robert Stone will bring more than 30 years of executive leadership in strategic planning, marketing and business development to representing alumni on the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees.

Semi-retirement has brought 1986 electrical engineering graduate Robert “Bert” Stone more time to assist Rose-Hulman and its leaders achieve the institute’s strategic goals as the Board of Trustees new alumni representative, beginning on July 1. He will replace 1996 chemical engineering bachelor’s/1998 biomedical engineering master’s alumnus Ashvin Lad, whose three-year term concluded with this spring’s BOT meeting.

Stone has spent more than 30 years in the electro-mechanical equipment and water pump industries in various technical and executive leadership roles. He retired as senior vice president of Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Franklin Electric Company, and president of its international water systems business unit.

Stone has since lent his expertise to helping industrial product companies – large and small – to achieve their strategic vision, by advising on global sales, marketing, and business development initiatives, consulting on mergers and acquisitions and integration activities, and coaching a small software start-up’s entrepreneurial founders. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Through many years of corporate travel and a seven-year residence in Europe, Stone has developed an appreciation for different cultures and diversified teams around the globe. He also has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including Chicago-based Smart Love Family Services and Fort Wayne’s AWS Foundation.

His son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Melissa (Arbelaez) Stone, are 2018 biomedical and 2019 civil engineering alumni, respectively.
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