Rick BasomRick Basom
CFK Board Chair
Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, Elizabeth College, PA

Dr. Richard Basom has been Executive Director of the Elizabethtown College Office of Sponsored Research and Programs since he established it in July 2013. During that time, Basom also co-founded the Social Enterprise Institute at Elizabethtown College, a program committed to applying innovative business models to solve persistent social problems. Prior to that, Basom was responsible for Institutional Research, Institutional Assessment, and externally funded research and programs at the College. He has also been the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN), an organization with a mission of commercializing innovation by linking business and industry with a network of sixteen colleges and universities in south central Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Elizabethtown with a degree in social work, Basom earned a doctorate in Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to educational research, planning, and policy-making, his career has also included organizational leadership.

Basom has designed and directed evaluation/research agendas of three major educational research and development organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Education and other funding sources. He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on many research grants/contracts and was responsible for generating grants and contracts totaling $80 million over one six-year period. He has successfully negotiated joint partnership agreements between private and nonprofit companies, has facilitated licensing of intellectual property arrangements, and has successfully launched a start-up company. Basom also carried out numerous consulting assignments with schools and colleges, state agencies and private educational organizations, and served in the U.S Army and as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves (activated during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm) and the PA National Guard.