Department of Economics at Illinois State University Department of Economics at Illinois State University Department of Economics at Illinois State University

CAS Hall of Fame 2011:


College of Arts & Sciences Inducts New Members


Erwin McEwen ’86 in Economics. Erwin “Mac” McEwen is the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). In this capacity he is responsible for the safety and well-being of children who are reported to be abused or neglected, and for increasing their families’ capacity to safely care for them. McEwen previously served as deputy director of the Division of Monitoring and Quality Assurance of DCFS. His division was responsible for monitoring private child welfare agencies contracted with DCFS, agency and institution licensing, day care centers and homes, audits, performance-based contracts, and DCFS quality assurance. McEwen has committed more than 20 years of service to youth and families in the Illinois social services community. He serves as a member of the Administration of Children and Families—Center for the Study of Social Policy, American Humane Association National Quality Improvement on Fatherhood Issues and Child Welfare, National Child Workforce Institute Advisory Committee, and The Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund—National Advisory Committee on Quality Improvement and Early Childhood. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois State, McEwen holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, with a clinical concentration in family systems.

Dean Miller ’77 in Economics. Dean Miller has spent the majority of his career in the high-end sector of the consumer electronics industry, with a short stint in the luxury automobile business. He joined Nakamichi America Corporation shortly out of school and worked there for 13 years, serving as president for seven years in Torrance, Calif. Moving back to the Chicago area in 1990, Miller served as president of Bang & Olufsen America for eight years. He was then appointed president of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars, Inc. For the past nine years Miller served as president of The Quest Group, an Irvine, Calif, manufacturer of the AudioQuest and WireLogic brands. Miller was appointed president and CEO of Lenbrook America, owners of the NAD brand of electronics and PSB loudspeakers. The company is also the distributor of Tivoli Audio, which is a line of high performance radios and iPod related products. Miller has served on the board of several trade organizations as well. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1977, was on the gymnastics team during his freshman year, and was a member of Gamma Phi Circus for four years. He was also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honorary society.