The President of Washington State University Dies at 59

Elson Floyd, the president of the Washington State University since 2007, has passed away at the age of 59 after struggling with colon cancer. Mr. Elson Floyd had gone for an earlier leave and shortly hospitalized at Pullman Regional Hospital, where he died on Saturday morning.

During his time, he say the establishment of the communication college, most of the development in the school was done including 30 major buildings like the new wine science center in Richland and of the recent, the medical hospital, where he convinced the legislatures the need for a second medical school, since the region booted of medical education in the Washington state university.
The students’ population grew significantly reaching 28,686 students as the research expenditure grew to above 335.9 million US dollars. TheChairperson of the board of the regents of the Washington state university, Mr. Ryan Durkan attributed the future of this medical school to Mr. Elson Floyd. Mr. Durkan Said the Higher education has lost a giant and kind human being.
Mr. Floyd was among the highest paid public universities’ presidents receiving the latest update of salary to 775,025 us dollars. Earlier in 2008, Mr. Floyd had requested for a salary reduction of a 100, 000 US dollars and which was approved.
His influence as the tenth president of the Washington state university and in higher education beyond the Washington State remains a legacy and as described by Governor Jay Inslee, he changed the state into a cougar state and expanding the scope beyond the mountains. The governor expressed his gratitude for the help and advice Mr. Elson Floyd extended him during his tenure as governor as early as the transition team.
The board of the regents had requested the vice president Daniel J. Bernardo to hold the seat and serve on the day to day activities of the university as the president. This is as Mr. E. Floyd had been placed on a family medical leave. Daniel J. will continue to serve at that capacity at the request of the board of the regents as they assured of their confidence in him to lead the institution.
Plans for his burial will be announced by the Washington state university where they will detail the program of the conduct of the Mr. Floyd’s memorial service and allow friends, colleague and family to pay tribute to the fallen hero.

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