Patricia Bissell, founding partner of the Rockville accounting firm of Bissell, Gorochow and Associates, has been appointed the first woman to chair the Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority. Joseph Haskins Jr., an investment counselor for Prudential-Bache Securities Inc., was named the authority's new vice chairman.

MIDFA is a state agency that guarantees loans backed by tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds, as well as conventional loans, to promote economic growth in Maryland.

"The financial know-how and experience represented will ensure that the business climate in Maryland will continue to improve. I am convinced that MIDFA will thrive under the leadership of Ms. Bissell and Mr. Haskins," said Frank J. De Francis, secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic and Community Development.

Bissell's other career firsts include a stint as the first woman president of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She also was a founding member of the National Association of Woman Business Owners. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Bissell replaces James Johnson, president of Loyola Federal Savings and Loan Association, who retired after serving on the MIDFA board since 1976 and as chairman for the past two years. Both appointments run through December 1985.