It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our colleague, Tim Hushen, after a short illness. We both had the pleasure of working with Tim and overseeing the good work of his research advancement team.
Those of you who worked with Tim on research development projects, multi-disciplinary proposals, congressional appropriations and community partnerships know he was collegial, collaborative and enthusiastic. His energy was contagious and he always had a positive outlook - no matter the challenge. Tim's irrepressible sense of optimism, his desire to help solve problems and his playful humor made him a pleasure to work with.
Tim joined the Research Foundation in 1989 as the director of program management. He spent many years developing and managing international projects in the Middle East, coordinating governmental relations and initiating projects like the Salton Sea University Research Consortium, Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory and the highly successful Defense Conversion Center. Most recently, he helped with the planning and development of the proposal that resulted in the contract for the SDSU Georgia program. Tim became chief of sponsored research services in 2000 and associate executive director for research advancement in 2009. He managed the research advancement team which includes technology transfer and research development and facilitated our relationships in Washington D.C. and Sacramento.
Tim represented the university on the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance, East County Economic Development Council, Port of San Diego Environmental Committee, and served as President of the San Diego/Shannon, Ireland Partnership. Prior to joining SDSU, Tim was actively involved in developing and managing major programs in the Arctic and Antarctic with the National Academy of Sciences and as the founding executive director of the Presidential U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In recognition of his work, Hushen Glacier in Antarctica was named after him.
He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Alma College and a master's in plant ecology from the University of Michigan.
Those of you who knew Tim, know he worked and played hard. He was an avid skier, bird watcher, and traveler (especially to England and Ireland). He was a valued friend and colleague and will be deeply missed.
Arrangements are pending. Please keep Tim's wife, Sally, in your thoughts and prayers.
Contributions in Tim's memory may be made to the American Lung Association.
Vice President for Research, SDSU
Associate Vice President and Executive Director, SDSU Research Foundation
January 8, 2019