Industry and Defense programs restructures finance administration, adds new personnel

The division of Industry and Defense Programs (IDP) has recently made several changes to its finance administration and contracts departments.

  • David Miller, previously WSU executive director of budgets, has moved to IDP as associate vice president of finance and operations. In this newly created position, Miller reports to John Tomblin, senior vice president for Industry and Defense Programs.
    Miller works directly with university research and industry-facing organizations such as the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), FirePoint Innovations Center, the National Institute for Research and Digital Transformation, and GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative.
  • Lois Tatro and Paul Werner will continue in their respective positions as IDP director of financial services and special projects and NIAR senior director of financial reporting.
  • Robyn Bongartz joins Miller as director of revenue operations for IDP. Bongartz was previously director of accounts receivable for WSU. In her new role she will initially focus on improving processes, management and recognition of all aspects of revenue from billing to payment. To accomplish this, she will work directly with IDP business managers, directors and the research accounting team. Bongartz has worked at the university in various capacities since 1993.
  • Lisa Haggard returns to the university as director of contracts and grants for IDP after spending a year with Textron Aviation Defense. In this position, Haggard reports to Tomblin, and will oversee pre-award activities, including the development and timely submission of technical and cost proposals that are compliant with customer requirements; negotiation and award of contracts and grants; administration of contract and grants from account set up through closeout; and negotiation, award and administration of subcontracts. Haggard previously worked for NIAR/IDP for eight years as a grant manager.
  • Amy Smith continues as the associate director of post-award for IDP, reporting to Miller.
  • Karen Davis is returning to the Office of Research as director, reporting dually to Tomblin and Shirley Lefever, provost and executive vice president.

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