Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, 1958. Master of Science, Purdue University, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 1962.
Senior staff specialist General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan, 1962-1963. Director personnel and organizational research Delco Electronics, Milwaukee, 1963-1966, director personnel development and research, 1966-1968. Partner Nourse & Sterner, Inc., Milwaukee, 1968-1969.
President, 1969-1973. Associate dean, professor Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1973-1979. Vice president strategic management Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, 1979-1989.
President, chief executive officer E.R. Wagner Manufacturing Company, 1989—2008. President, owner Ridgeway Development Inc., Milwaukee, since 1993. President Sterner Family Foundation, since 2008.
Board directors Ridgeway Development Inc., Greenheck Fan Corporation.
Married Elsa Y. Rasmusson, June 29, 1958. Children: Mark, Lisa.