Stout served as both the Director of the former RWU Institute for Public Policy as well as its co-chair. Among the Institute’s projects were a training program for state and municipal employees; a project of organizational change for the Providence Fire Department designed to serve as a model for similar municipal departments nationally; various programs involving emergency preparedness and water management; a Public Administration Academy in a Rhode Island high school for students interested in public service careers; projects related to affordable housing and community development within the state and region; and management improvement programs for selected Rhode Island municipalities.
As the coordinator of the Open Division (and later as Dean of the Open College), he was engaged in the development of a multi-disciplinary program of military education. For over 25 years, he was the coordinator for military programs and initiated institutional affiliations with a variety of military organizations and educational programs. He was recognized with his receipt of the Commander’s Award for Public Service by the Adjutant General of the RI National Guard, and with two "Certificates of Appreciation" from the New Jersey Military Academy and New Jersey Army National Guard.