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Susan Rahr joins President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing |

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

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on Dec. 18, 2015 to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing and announce its members. The Task Force, which includes Susan Rahr ’79, is part of the Administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The Task Force is chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who also serves as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and Laurie Robinson, professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and former Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.

The Task Force includes law enforcement representatives, community leaders, academics, and youth leaders. Ron Davis, Director of DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office will serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force under the direction of the co-chairs. The Task Force will examine, among other issues, how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction. The Executive Order directs the Task Force to prepare a report and recommendations to be presented to the President. An initial report will be due to the President in March.

The taskforce will engage with Federal, State, tribal, local officials, technical advisors, young leaders, and nongovernmental organizations through meetings and 21st century technology to provide a transparent process to engage with the public. The Task Force will convene listening sessions where they will hear testimony, including proposed recommendations for consideration, from invited witnesses and also receive comments and questions from the public. The first session will be held in Washington D.C. in mid-January. Subsequent listening sessions and additional outreach details, including the online public comment process, is forthcoming.

Susan Rahr is Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, a position she has held since 2012. From 2005 to 2012, she served as the first female Sheriff in King County, Washington. Ms. Rahr spent over thirty years as a law enforcement officer, beginning as a patrol officer and undercover narcotics officer. While serving with the King County Sheriff’s Office, she held various positions including serving as the commander of the Internal Investigations and Gang Units, commander of the Special Investigations Section, and Police Chief of Shoreline, Washington. Ms. Rahr received a B.A. from Washington State University.

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Darigold President & CEO, Jim Wegner Announces Retirement |

Categories: 1970s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Featured | Professional or career event

Jim Wegner. Courtesy Darigold

Jim Wegner. Courtesy Darigold

The farmer-owned cooperative, Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Darigold Inc., has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, Jim Wegner ’76. Wegner plans on retiring on January 1, 2016. Until that date, Wegner will act as executive vice president of special projects, assisting the interim president and CEO, William Krippaehne.

Wegner’s duties will focus on a smooth transition of leadership both within NDA/Darigold and the numerous dairy industry leadership roles in which Wegner has been active.

Wegner joined Darigold late in 2003 as senior vice president of operations and accepted the position of president and CEO in 2011. During his tenure at Darigold, Wegner has been instrumental in establishing many initiatives to improve plant operations, implement changes to meet the growing requirements of both domestic and global customers, and as a leader to address dairy industry issues.

Wegner’s career within the food and agricultural industry began as a student at Washington State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in food science. After graduating, he worked within Safeway’s dairy operations for 27 years. As the president and CEO of NDA/Darigold, Wegner has led the organization through periods of unprecedented pricing volatility at a time when the company has been working to expand both domestic and global sales.

During the immediate transition, Wegner will continue to represent NDA/Darigold interests and provide guidance at the industry-wide level in his roles within the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the variety of other leadership roles he has played over the years.

As interim president and CEO, Krippaehne brings a long history of leadership experience. As an outside director to Darigold and an advisor to the NDA board of directors for the past six years, Krippaehne has learned a great deal about the company, the cooperative and the industry.

Prior to his joining NDA/Darigold, Krippaehne was the chief operating officer and eventually the president and CEO of the former Fisher Companies Inc., where he worked for a total of 25 years. Krippaehne has earned an M.B.A in finance and marketing management from Oregon State University. He lives in Seattle with his wife Michelle.


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Bryan Verity takes the Coug flag to Africa |

Categories: 1990s | Featured | Other event

Bryan Verity ’93 writes:

I’m a 1993 WSUgrad and currently work as an HR Director for a center at the UW that works globally to provide health systems strengthening in developing countries. With my current position, I occasionally travel to Sub-Saharan African countries but this was my first time to bring the flag.

Bryan Verity '93 waves the flag in Malawi

Bryan Verity ’93 waves the flag in Malawi

Bryan Verity with the flag in Namibia

Bryan Verity with the flag in Namibia

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Allflex Promotes Scott Holt to New North American Marketing Manager Position |

Categories: 1990s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Featured | Professional or career event

Scott Holt . Courtesy Allflex USA, Inc.

Scott Holt . Courtesy Allflex USA, Inc.

Allflex USA Inc., the global leader in animal identification and traceability systems, has announced the promotion of Scott Holt ’91 to the newly created position of North American marketing manager. Scott is transitioning into his new position from his current role as associate national sales manager, which he assumed in 2010 after 10 years as the northwestern regional sales manager for Allflex. In his new role, Scott will remain based in Idaho and will oversee marketing efforts for Allflex’s large animal business in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

“Scott has built a strong knowledge base on all facets of livestock production and management, and developed highly valued partnerships across all sectors that we serve with key distribution, integrator and technology partners,” says Glenn Fischer, Allflex senior vice president. “It is clear that our North American market has become more diverse and unique, and it is with this in mind that we look forward to Scott’s leadership and collaborative style at the helm of our marketing efforts.”

Scott is a 1991 graduate of Washington State University majoring in ag business with an emphasis in beef production. He has held positions in ranch management, breed association communications and youth activities, and purebred sales and marketing prior to joining Allflex in 2000. He currently serves as the animal health committee chair for the Idaho Cattlemen’s Association and is the advisor for the Idaho Junior Hereford Association.

“Animal identification is a vital tool in the management of livestock,” Scott remarks. “Every day, we help producers learn about their animals and provide tools to manage more efficiently. As the world’s population and demand for food grows, we understand the commitment and innovation necessary to provide solutions for our industry. We’re up to the challenge and excited to help the producers we serve.”

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Dr. John Muramatsu was Recognized by Field and Stream Magazine. |

Categories: 1980s | Featured

Dr. John Muramatsu (Zoology, 1980) was recognized by Field and Stream magazine as a finalist in their “Heroes of Conservation” feature. He was honored along with 5 other individuals from all over the country for their volunteer work in conservation. John has volunteered with his local Duwamish/Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited for over 20 years in conservation and restoration projects. Additionally, he has headed up “Salmon in the Classroom” projects for our local elementary schools for about 15 of those years. In September he travelled to Washington, DC for a gala event sponsored by Field and Stream, the Bonnier Corporation, and Toyota. He was awarded $5,500.00 to dedicate to his projects.



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