The Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) has added two employees to its leadership staff.
Matthew Grushon, J.D. is now the director of operations. In this role, he will develop and execute strategic initiatives that facilitate the Institute’s growth while also directing its day-to-day, internal administration.
Grushon comes to WSRI from the Wright State University College of Education and Human Services, where he served as the director of strategic initiatives and special projects.
Additionally, Grushon has served as Wright State’s liaison to the Dayton Regional STEM School since 2010, where he led a $4.27 million renovation project and a $6 million financing transaction valued at $6 million. Grushon coordinated all staffing searches and directed the school’s strategic planning efforts to develop a multi-year growth plan. He also represented the Dayton region as the Dayton STEM Hub coordinator for the Ohio STEM Learning Network.
Grushon previously served as the College of Education and Human Services as the director of grant and major gifts. Prior to coming to Wright State, he was a practicing attorney. Grushon holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University.
WSRI has also hired Keith Ralston as the chief financial officer for the Wright State Applied Research Corporation (WSARC), the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as the contracting arm of the Wright State Research Institute. As the CFO for the WSARC, Ralston is responsible for the overall financial management of the organization and coordination of financial results for the Wright State Research Institute.
A Wright State employee for more than 20 years, Ralston has extensive experience managing finances in the complex and diverse reporting structures of a higher education environment.
He previously served as the university’s associate vice president for budget planning and resource analysis. He was responsible for overall development and analysis of a $450 million operating budget and communicating a comprehensive overview of the university and state funding financial picture. He also worked with the Ohio Board of Regents on the development of statewide funding mechanisms and comprehensive data reporting.
Before coming to Wright State, Ralston worked for the international firm of Ernst & Whinney as a senior auditor with responsibility for planning and conducting audit work on a variety of engagements. He is a Wright State University alumnus and received his Certified Public Accountant licensure in 1991.