PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Research Foundation recently named three of its members as executive officers of its Board of Directors.
The new officers are Tom Quigley, chair; Todd Patrick, vice chair; and Rom Markin, treasurer.
Quigley is the vice president of Kiemle and Hagood Co. in Spokane, Wash., and a 1975 graduate of WSU. Patrick is the chief operating officer for ID Biomedical Corp. in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He is a 1988 graduate of WSU.
Markin is the director of the WSU Entrepreneurship Program. He joined the WSU faculty in 1961 and during his tenure served as chair of the Department of Marketing, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, and dean of the College of Business and Economics from 1980-1995.
“I hope that this will bring the board into more of the day-to-day operations,” says Ken Spitzer, interim director of the foundation and a member of its board.
The foundation was created by the WSU Board of Regents in 1939 to develop, promote and secure property rights for inventions, discoveries and processes devised by faculty, staff and students at Washington State University. The foundation is one of the oldest research foundations in the United States and also manages the WSU Research and Technology Park in Pullman.
The WSU Research Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of three ex officio members of WSU’s administration, six members of the research community, two faculty members and two members of the WSU Board of Regents.

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