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Dwight D. Dozier named CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation |

Categories: 1980s | Professional or career event

Dwight D. Dozier, has been named CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation in Atlanta, GA.  As CIO, Dwight sets strategic direction and provides leadership for all Georgia Tech Foundation information technology initiatives.  Prior to his role at the Georgia Tech Foundation, Dwight served as the Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at the George Washington University, the associate vice president of university advancement and advancement services at the University of Louisville and as the assistant executive director of alumni services at The Pennsylvania State University.  Dwight started his Advancement career at WSU as manager of biographical records and systems analyst.    In addition, Dwight remains a very active jazz drummer and fondly recalls days as a drummer in the WSU bands, Exact Opposite, Second Wind and Eclipse.

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Erich Ebel named Marketing and Communications Director at Washington State Historical Society |

Categories: Professional or career event

Erich R. Ebel has been named Marketing and Communications Director for the Washington State Historical Society.

“The unique and storied history of the State of Washington has long been a passion of mine, and I can’t fully express how satisfying it is to finally be able to put my knowledge, skills and abilities to use doing something that I love,” said Ebel, a 1996 graduate of WSU’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. “I’m looking forward to sharing my passion and showing others what makes Washington the greatest state in the lower forty-eight.”

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington’s rich and varied history. The Historical Society is comprised of a family of museums and research centers, offering a variety of services  to researchers, historians, scholars, and lifelong learners.

By connecting personal, local, regional, and national stories to the universality of the human experience – as well as collecting materials from Washington that help tell those stories – the Washington State Historical Society is indispensable to the people of Washington and a vital part of state government.

Ebel was previously employed at Pierce County and the Washington State Senate. Though the State History Museum is located in Tacoma, Ebel makes his home in Lacey with his wife and three children and blogs frequently at www.WashingtonOurHome.com.

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Sean Treasure ’05 publishes book aimed at helping farmers market grain |

Categories: 2000s

Sean Treasure (’05 Agribusiness) published his first book “The Farmer’s Guide to Grain Marketing.” The book is written to assist grain and oilseed producers successfully market their crops.  Treasure has worked as a grain merchandiser in Washington and Montana.

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Tammy Thueringer joins C-SPAN’s Road to the White House Team |

Categories: 2000s | Professional or career event

Tammy Thueringer joined C-SPAN in May as a Politics Producer and Video Journalist covering the 2016 Presidential campaign.

She continues to work as a Weekend White House Reporter for Bloomberg News.


Gerri Martin-Flickinger named chief technology officer for Starbucks |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

Starbucks has plucked a top Adobe executive to become its first chief technology officer, a sign the mammoth coffee purveyor is buttressing its tech capabilities as it banks on digital efforts to peddle lattes.

Gerri Martin-Flickinger served as Adobe’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, and she helped migrate that company’s business to the cloud, Starbucks says.

She is a Silicon Valley veteran: Before Adobe, Martin-Flickinger was a CIO at VeriSign, Network Associates and McAfee Associates. She is a computer science graduate of Washington State University.

At Starbucks, Martin-Flickinger will mind the infrastructure underpinning the company’s digital forays, which are in turn led by another executive with a techie title: chief digital officer Adam Brotman.

Starbucks is busy building a digital ecosystem for its customers, drawing on features such as a mobile app that enables ordering and paying via smartphone and ties in to deals with Web services such as Lyft and Spotify as well as The New York Times. Analysts see that ecosystem as a big driver of future growth.

Martin-Flickinger also comes at a time when data security has become a big issue for many retailers. Since a fifth of transactions at Starbucks stores in the U.S. are done through the mobile app, it’s a big lure for hackers.

Martin-Flickinger will report to Starbucks president and chief operating officer Kevin Johnson, also a tech veteran (he was formerly at Juniper Networks and Microsoft.)

“As we continue to shape our global-technology agenda at Starbucks, we needed leadership talent with deep experience in cloud, big data analytics, mobile and security to take us to the next level,” Johnson said. “Gerri stood out as someone who has years of experience in Silicon Valley and brings deep management and technical expertise to help us navigate the future.”