Briefly: College honors executive of Iowa trucking company, a graduate

Decker Truck Lines flatbed tractor-trailer
Decker Truck Lines

Donald L. DeckerDonald L. DeckerAn Iowa trucking company executive and his wife will be honored later this month by one of his alma maters.

Donald and Dianne Decker will be inducted into the Iowa Central Community College Hall of Fame Oct. 14.

Decker is a 1968 Iowa Central Community College graduate and a 1970 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and postgraduate studies in economics. He is currently the executive chairman of the board of The Decker Companies, including Decker Truck Lines, Inc.

The Deckers live in Fort Dodge, which is also home to the trucking company.

The Deckers are long-time supporters of Iowa Central Community College and have made significant contributions over several decades. They have created scholarships for students, donated various equipment to support departments related to truck driving and diesel mechanics, played a major role in the start of the Iowa Central culinary and turf grass management programs, funded matching gifts to secure grants for programs, and donated funds to purchase the electronic scoreboard in Hodges Fieldhouse. 

Donald Decker is a two-time past president and chairman of the board of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, and a member of the board of directors of the Truckload Carriers Association.

Decker Truck Line, Inc. is a diversified carrier transporting refrigerated, flatbed, and dry van freight throughout North America. Along with the corporate office and terminal in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the company has terminals in Mediapolis, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Hammond, Indiana; Bessemer, Alabama; and Missoula, Montana. 

Application launched for ATRI research committee

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, today launched an online application for industry stakeholders interested in being considered for a position on ATRI's Research Advisory Committee. 

The committee is comprised of government officials, academics, professional truck drivers, trucking company executives, and suppliers from a diverse cross-section of the industry.  The RAC is charged with annually recommending a research agenda for the Institute.

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Since ATRI's first RAC in 2002, over 220 individuals have been appointed to serve by ATRI's Board of Directors. ATRI's diverse portfolio of industry research is representative of the collective input of these industry stakeholders who annually identify trucking's top research needs.

The newly launched online application form allows individuals to indicate their interest in being considered and to more fully describe how their unique experience and perspective would contribute to the research identification process. Additionally, there is a separate form for individuals to nominate a colleague who they believe would be a strong candidate for the RAC.

If appointed to serve on the RAC by the ATRI Board of Directors, RAC members serve two-year terms and are required to attend one annual in-person meeting and participate throughout the year in ad hoc research webinars. Additionally, RAC members are expected to support the Institute through active participation in ATRI's research initiatives.

The online application form is available on ATRI's website here

Applications received will be reviewed next summer for potential nomination for the 2025-2026 Research Advisory Committee. 

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