Charles “Ed” Stanley ’80

Charles “Ed” Stanley

July 9, 2018 12:07 PM

Family information:
Five daughters: Tiana M. Perry, 39; Aleshia N. Buskirk, 34; Jermella Fulford, 34; Shemika R. Stanley, 28; Naomi D. Stanley, 18. Seven grandchildren: Hakeemah Fuller, 21; DeMarkus Perry, 18; DeaVon Perry, 17; Markayla Tucker, 15; Markita Tucker, 15; Kasius Buskirk, 8; Kyson Buskirk, 4.

Sport(s) and position(s): Football, outside linebacker

Millikin major: Business Administration

  • Other degrees:
    • Touro University International, Cypress, Cal., Masters of Business Administration with concentration in Human Resource Management, 2004

Current employment:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Seattle, Military Service Coordinator
  • Retired U.S. Army (26 years)

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:

  • Four-year starter 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
  • Most Valuable Defensive Back 1978, 1979
  • CCIW Defensive Player of the Week 1978, 1979
  • CCIW All Conference (Defense) 1978, 1979
  • CCIW Championship Team 1977, 1978, 1979
  • NCAA Division III All American 2nd Team, 1979
  • AP All American-Honorable Mention 1978, 1979

Why did you choose MU?
Most of the universities I visited were large. I wanted to continue playing football on the next level but was told repeatedly that I was too small to play in the program. MU offered smaller classes and seemed to be motivated that I consider attending. I was welcomed by Coach Mathieson and the rest is history.

Aside from Big Blue athletics, what activities did you participate in as a student at MU?
I was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity where I served as secretary and president. I was selected to be a resident assistant in 1978.

What was your most memorable moment as a Millikin student-athlete?
They were my best years because they were the years of dreams, the years when life had so much potential and yet such simplicity, too. They were the years that I had crazy hopes and uncertainties for the future. They were the years where I decided who I wanted to be, and none of it felt out of reach. I met people from different parts of the world, different social backgrounds and yet we all had a common goal of receiving a quality education and being successful in life.

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin University?
I served in the Armed Forces for 26 years. I raised five young women, became a licensed realtor and earned a master’s degree. I have traveled to different parts of the world.

When not supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite thing to do?
I have a passion for golf and I love to cook. I try to spend the rest of my time with my family.

Who is your most memorable MU professor/coach/staff and why?
Rebecca Rice [former Communications instructor]. I was taking a communications class (public speaking) my freshman year when I walked into her class totally unprepared for an exam. I told her that I had not prepared and that it made no sense to take the exam. She properly replied, “You will take the exam.” She simply stated that “failure will make you better.” I did fail the test; however, it did make me a much better student.

How has your experience as a Big Blue athlete prepared/helped make you successful?
My experience as an athlete prepared me for an environment that was team-oriented. The physical stamina needed as an athlete made a perfect fit for the military environment. Attention to detail contributed to my work ethic and my willingness to do the best at any task.

What advice do you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
The road map to life and success is not a set route. There are always bumps in the road, wrong turns and some detours. Despite those obstacles, always focus on the end goal. Continue to educate yourself every day. Remember to be humble, be courteous to others and look to learn from everyone you meet. Never assume that you know all the answers. Moral integrity is a must. Work hard and always spend time with the ones you love.