Space Dynamics Laboratory’s governing body names two executive vice presidents

By Karen Wolfe
Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory
December 5, 2008

North Logan, UT — The Utah State University Research Foundation, known as USURF, officially announced and filled two new executive vice president positions at its last board of trustees meeting. Dr. Douglas Lemon and Mr. Forrest Fackrell accepted the titles of Executive Vice President and Director of Laboratories and Executive Vice President for Business Operations, respectively.

This restructuring of executive management is a new approach for USURF, whose primary operating unit is the Space Dynamics Laboratory.  The new direction better positions the Foundation to achieve one of its primary goals: creating new operating units that have the potential for fostering new technology-based businesses in Utah, and ultimately creating high wage jobs.  “The new organizational structure is possible because of the effective working relationships within the Foundation,” explains Fackrell.

While Lemon and Fackrell will be working very closely together in their new roles, Lemon assumes the responsibility of creating new technical laboratories for USURF.  These business units will join the Space Dynamics Laboratory in performing valuable government research. Fackrell is responsible for all USURF business functions, while supporting laboratory growth along with commercialization efforts associated with intellectual property.  Both individuals are experienced entrepreneurs.

Lemon was recently hired to fill the role of director of USURF’s Space Dynamics Laboratory.  He received both a bachelor’s degree and PhD in physics from Utah State University. Fackrell has been with USURF for eight years, and received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Utah State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.