Thackston recently was named Avista's vice president of energy delivery, in which he has responsibility for overseeing the utility's gas and electric transmission and distribution operations. He previously served as Avista's vice president of finance, overseeing financing and capital activities and being involved in corporate development, investor relations, risk management and planning and analysis. He joined Avista in 1996 and has held leadership positions in energy resources, resource accounting and financial planning.
Thackston earned a B.A. in international studies and business management from Whitworth in 1992, and he earned an MBA from Gonzaga University. In addition to now serving on Whitworth's board of trustees, he also serves on the boards of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest, the Northwest Business Development Association and the Business Development Corporation of Eastern Washington.
Thackston's wife, Julie, is also a '92 Whitworth grad, and they have five children.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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