Created through history-making support from Washington fruit growers, the Tree Fruit Endowment helps Washington state take its place as the global center of tree fruit research.
This self-sustaining fund is fueling research and innovation essential to WSU’s role in supporting the state’s multi-billion-dollar tree fruit industry, addressing growers’ top priorities and enhancing Washington’s economic competitiveness.
Developed in partnership with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, the endowment was initiated through grower-voted assessments in the apple, pear, and stone fruit industries.
The Tree Fruit Endowment Advisory Committee guides and oversees this historic, $32 million gift. Members are appointed by industry organizations which include the Northwest Fresh Pear Committee, Washington State Fruit Commission, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, and the Washington Apple Commission.
Current EAC Members
- SAM GODWIN, Chair, Chelan Fresh Marketing
- SEAN GILBERT, Gilbert Orchards
- BOB GIX, Blue Star Growers Inc.
- ALAN GROFF, Foreman Fruit Company
- JAKE GUTZWILER, Stemilt Growers, Inc.
- JASON MATSON, Matson Fruit Company