With a technology and logistics civilian career that spans 36 years with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division, Donald P. Schulte today serves as the executive director of the WestGate@Crane Technology Park in southern Indiana. Before his retirement in February 2013 and his subsequent formal appointment as executive director for WestGate@Crane, Schulte served as the NSWC Crane Director of Engagement, coming from his prior post as Director of the Acquisition and Extended Enterprise. The latter department housed all contracting functions and was a catalyst for strategic partnerships (public and private) for the southern Indiana military laboratory and technical facility.
As a result of his extensive service record and professional achievements, Schulte was named a Sagamore of the Wabash (the highest honor bestowed by a sitting Governor, which notes distinguished service) by Indiana Governor Mike Pence (presented by Rep. Mark Messmer) and received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Col A. M. Pratt, NSWC Crane Commanding Officer, during Schulte’s retirement ceremony.
During his more than three decades of service to the NSWC Crane facility, Schulte served as director of the Spectrum Warfare Systems Department from 2008-2009, where he held numerous responsibilities to NAVSEA, NAVAIR, Air Force and SOCOM program managers for acquisition and life cycle support of an array of electronic warfare systems. Prior to that Schulte was director of the Ordnance Engineering Department.
He led the Electronic Development Department as director, overseeing 900 associates from 2003-2004. There he managed engineering and technical support to NAVSEA, NAVAIR, Marine Corps, SSPO and NAVSUP sponsors relative to Electronics Acquisition Engineering, Test and Evaluation. Beginning in 1997, Schulte served as the civilian director of Crane Supply Department, which was responsible for the Divisions Material Logistics and Acquisition.
He also served in a number of managerial and director positions for microminiature repair, the SHARP program (an OPNAV Logistics R&D program), the Module Engineering division, and the Advanced Component branch.
In addition to his Purdue degree, Schulte holds a master’s degree in public and environmental management from Indiana University. He has completed the Office of Personnel Management, Executive Management program; Federal Executive Institutes “Leadership in a Democratic Society,” and has DAWIA Certification in Defense Acquisition Workforce, Systems Research and Development Planning and Engineering (Level III) and Program Management (Level II).
Schulte is a “plank-holder” of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Naval Engineering’s, a manager of the Federal Manager’s Association, a member of the Association of Old Crows, and other federal defense-related organizations.