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Tom Cannell joined Orexigen Therapeutics as Chief Commercial Officer. |

Categories: 1980s | Professional or career event

Orexigen Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on treating obesity, is preparing for global commercialization of Contrave/Mysimba. WSU grad, Tom Cannell ,will lead Orexigen’s global commercial strategy. Cannell has joined Orexigen as their Chief Commercial Officer after serving in a variety of leadership roles at Merck for 27 years.

Contrave, or Mysimba in Europe, is used as an aid alongside healthier eating and increased physical activity for adults with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higher to assist them in reaching a healthy weight.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to Orexigen,” said Mike Narachi, CEO of Orexigen. “The strong launch of Contrave in the United States and the recent approval of Mysimba in Europe provide Orexigen with valuable strategic options. We will benefit from Tom’s international commercial experience and strong leadership qualifications as we advance our global partnering discussions and evaluate the opportunity to retain or exercise strategic commercial rights for Contrave or Mysimba.”

Cannell received his DVM from WSU in 1986.

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Gregory Geist appointed director of water environment services. |

Categories: College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

Courtesy The Clackamas Review

Gregory Geist has been serving Clackamas county since December, and has now been appointed director of the county’s water environment services.

“Greg brings extensive experience and leadership to this important position. He was clearly at the top of a strong and competitive field of candidates. I have every confidence he will do an incredible job leading WES,” said County Administrator Donald Krupp.

Geist graduated from WSU with a BS in Physical Science in 1994 and an MS in Environmental Science in 1996.

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Judith Bense serving extended term as President of UWF. |

Categories: 1970s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to keep Dr. Judith Bense as the President of the University of West Florida until Dec. 31, 2016. In 2008 Bense became the fifth president of UWF.

“Since taking office, she has focused on growth, visibility, enhancing the student “collegiate” experience and partnerships with the goal of making UWF a first choice university. Bense has built a solid network of community partners, identified regional workforce needs, increased student residents and athletics and strengthened academic programs so that students are prepared for future leadership.”

Bense also founded the UWF anthropology/archaeology program in 1980, has written five books and 17 chapters within other books/professional journals, and founded the statewide Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Bense received her doctoral degree from WSU.

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Amy Freeman honored CCML Way Paver Award. |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | Engineering and Architecture

Courtesy Penn State

Assistant dean of engineering diversity at Penn State, Amy Freeman, has been honored with the 2015 Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML) Way Paver Award. She is among nine others honored at the fourth annual Way Paver Award luncheon.

The award honors those “who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to diversity and the creation of an inclusive community, positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the University and local community, and who have motivated others through their leadership and impeccable character.”

Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Washington State University.

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Spokane hires Mitch Reister as county engineer. |

Categories: 1990s | 2000s | Engineering and Architecture

Washington’s largest county road system is in Spokane county, and WSU grad Mitch Reister is now the new engineer. Reister will oversee more than 2,500 miles of road in his new position.


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