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Past SESRC Directors: John Tarnai, James Short, Don Dillman

In 1996, psychologist and survey research expert Dr. John Tarnai, who had developed the SESRC’s first computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) system, became the Center’s Director. Under his direction the SESRC opened an office in Olympia Washington, expanded and moved its telephone interview and mailing labs off campus to the WSU Research Park, and continued to grow its capacity for large-scale projects with an annual budget of $4-$5 million.   Sadly, John passed away in 2012. Dr. Danna Moore assumed the Interim Director Position guiding the Center through a period of transition during which Danna carried forward preparations for the Rural Business Survey, the $1.6 million dollar she secured through the USDA Economic Research Service.  Under the terms of this grant the SESRC implemented measures to ensure compliance for information security and secure data storage under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).