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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to MEDC executive committee

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to MEDC executive committee

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Author: Aaryn Richard
Category: Other

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of David Washburn, of East Lansing, to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s executive committee.

The 20-member committee is charged with overall management and guidance of MEDC development projects and policy initiatives.

“David is a talented professional and I look forward to the contributions he will make supporting Michigan’s continued comeback, where the MEDC plays an integral role,” Snyder said.

Washburn is executive director of the Michigan State University Foundation and previously served as president and CEO of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. He earned the Certified Licensing Professional designation from the Licensing Executives Society and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He represents public agencies and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Stephen Forrest.

Washburn serves the remainder of an eight-year term expiring April 5, 2020. His appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

About the Michigan State University Foundation

Established in 1973 as an independent non-profit, the Michigan State University Foundation is committed to the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies invented by MSU faculty, staff, and students. The MSU Foundation’s overarching goal is to support research, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University. Additionally, the MSU Foundation operates Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures, Michigan Rise, and the University Corporate Research Park. More information on the organization’s notable achievements, services, leadership, and history are available at