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How to Prepare for an Executive Transition

by John Franklin • November 2016 Did you know that if your CEO or executive director (ED) is within three years of leaving your organization, best practices dictate that your board should begin developing an executive leadership transition plan now? But don’t feel too bad if you’re a little late in preparing. BoardSource reports that, though […]
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WSU “H2-Flo” Team is Developing Hydrogen Refueling Station

Dr. Jake Leachman, a professor of engineering at Washington State University Pullman, received a commercialization grant from the Trust where he and his team of undergraduate and graduate students are making great progress in developing a way to generate, transport, and dispense liquid hydrogen to power hydrogen cars. Learn more by watching their video and […]
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Communications Report – August 2016

At the recent Murdock College Science Research Conference, the creation of two new scientific awards was announced. Named in honor of Lynwood W. Swanson, PhD, recently retired Trustee, civic leader, and co-founder of FEI, a world leader in electron optics and focused ion beam technologies in scanning and transmission electron microscopies. The two awards include: […]
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Portland Japanese Garden is Working on Cultural Crossing Expansion

One of our grantees, the Portland Japanese Garden, was recently featured in an article by Jennifer Anderson at the Portland Tribune: “One of Portland’s biggest visitor attractions, the Japanese Garden, is getting a $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion — and it’s now speedily progressing through construction, with an anticipated grand opening in April. The garden’s […]
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New Awards Honor Retiring Trustee, Dr. Lynwood Swanson

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced the winners of its new annual scientific research awards. The awards are open to private undergraduate institutions within the Pacific Northwest, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The awards honor the longtime work of Dr. Lynwood Swanson, who recently retired after serving as a Trustee for 30 […]
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Wordstock 2016 Expands in Ambitious Effort to Offer ‘Something for Everybody’

One of our partners, Literary Arts, Inc., was recently featured in an article by Amy Wang of the Oregonian/Oregon Live: “If this year’s Wordstock literary festival had a theme, it would be “ambition.” More than 100 authors, compared with 88 last year. Eight stages in buildings spread throughout the South Park Blocks, compared to two stages […]
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