Research Council

Developing and implementing plans to advance research, scholarship, and creativity at WSU

The WSU Research Council coordinates the development and implementation of plans for WSU research, including the following:

  • Implementation of the 120-Day Study report
  • Formulation of WSU “Grand Challenges” and research themes
  • Development of specific strategies and actions regarding research infrastructure, faculty and student engagement, outreach and other factors key to advancing the WSU research enterprise

Additional responsibilities

Community outreach

Communicate with the WSU community regarding research policies, funding opportunities, and other topics relevant to advancing WSU research

Policy and procedure advising

Advise the Office of Research regarding development and implementation of research related policies and procedures

Operations advising

Advise the Office of Research regarding management of operational activities in support of WSU research, including efforts in contract administration, research assurances, and University veterinary policies and procedures

Provide input to the Institutional Effectiveness Council

Share information regarding implementation of the WSU Strategic Plan Theme 1, “Exceptional Research, Innovation, and Creativity,” including delivering input on performance metrics

Other tasks

As determined by the Office of Research and WSU leadership


Sola Adesope, ADR, professor, education

Cat Amortegui, federal policy coordinator, Government Relations

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, VCR, vice chancellor for research, WSU Spokane

Chris Barry, chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board

Tammy Barry, vice provost for graduate and professional education, Graduate School

Glynda Becker, director, Government Relations

Haluk Beyenal, ADR, associate dean for research and graduate education, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Beth Blakesley, associate dean, WSU Libraries

Stephen Bollens, director, Meyer’s Point Environmental Field Station

Paul Bolls, ADR, Murrow College of Communication

Donny Boulanger, director of development, Foundation Relations

Kim Christen, associate vice chancellor for research advancement, Research Advancement and Partnerships

Michael Connell, vice president, University Advancement

Michael Court, chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Joseph Crossno, assistant director, Office of Research Assurances

Jake Dowd, assistant director, Federal Relations

Alan Ekstrand, assistant director, Office of Research Assurances

Aaron Feaver, executive director, JCDREAM

Mike Gaffney, assistant and acting director, WSU Extension

Scot Hulbert, ADR, associate dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and director, Agricultural Research Center

Elizabeth “Betsy” Jinks, director, Sponsored Program Services

Sharyl Kammerzell, chief compliance and risk officer

Gerik Kimble, assistant director, Modernization Project

Mike Kluzik, director, Office of Research Assurances

Rich Koenig, interim chair, Crop and Soil Sciences; interim chair, Horticulture; associate dean, WSU Extension

Tamara LaFrance, director of development, Foundation Relations

Laura Lavine, chair, Entomology & co-chair, P2 advisory group

Andrea Lazarus, ADR, College of Pharmacy, chair, Biomedical Institutional Review Board

Vicki McCracken, associate dean, WSU Extension

Sterling McPherson, ADR, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine & co-chair, P2 advisory group

Scott Maloney, director, Innovation and Private Sector Research Engagement, College of Veterinary Medicine

Courtney Meehan, ADR, associate dean for research, College of Arts and Sciences

Judy Morrison, VCR, associate vice chancellor for research, WSU Tri-Cities

Karin Neuenschwander, senior director, Office of Foundation Relations

Dan Nordquist, associate vice president, Office of Research Support and Operations

Levi O’Loughlin, associate director and university biosafety officer

Jon Oatley, ADR, associate dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Craig Parks, associate vice provost

Alex Pietsch, associate vice president, Provost Office

Tony Opheim, vice president and cio for information services, VP for Finance and Administration

Paul Pitre, chancellor, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett

Christine Portfors, VCR, vice chancellor for research and graduate education, WSU Vancouver

Julie Postma, ADR, associate dean for research, College of Nursing

Karen Sanguinet, chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee

Matt Skinner, associate vice president & chief enterprise systems officer

Patti Stauffer, director, Health Sciences Policy & Advocacy

Scott Steiger, interim director, Office of Commercialization

David Whidbee, associate dean for research, Carson College of Business

Paul Whitney, associate vice president, International Programs

Tom Wilkinson, chair, Radiation Safety Committee

Mike Wolcott, interim Vice President for Research, regents professor, Office of Clean Technology

Nina Woodford, director, Office of the Campus Veterinarian