A recognition honoring the late President Elson Floyd and his legacy was presented to Washington State University Regent Ron Sims and WSU Vice President for Government Relations, Colleen Kerr.
Photo Caption: King County Councilmembers present WSU representatives with a recognition honoring WSU President Elson Floyd. L to R: (Back Row) King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Dave Upthegrove, Reagan Dunn, Jane Hague, Joe McDermott, and Larry Phillips. (Front Row) Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, WSU Regent Ron Sims; WSU Vice President of Government Relations, Colleen Kerr; Councilmember Kathy Lambert, and Washington State Lobbyist, Rob Makin.
“President Floyd was a man for all seasons, and an advocate for all sections of our state,” said Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer of Federal Way. “He was a true visionary—and his vision was for the entire state.”
“President Floyd’s untimely death makes us reflect on the incredible life he led, and his great legacy for all Washingtonians,” said Council Chair Larry Phillips of Seattle.
At this week’s King County Council meeting Councilmember von Reichbauer recognized Washington State University President Elson Floyd. This recognition, honoring the late President Elson Floyd and his legacy, was presented to Washington State University Regent Ron Sims and WSU Vice President for Government Relations, Colleen Kerr.
“Elson Floyd’s death was a great loss to our state” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn of Maple Valley. “He was a true leader in every sense of the word and his legacy will live in the hearts and minds of all of us.”
President Floyd was highly sought after for leadership positions at higher education institutions around the nation prior to becoming president at Washington State University, which he considered to be “the best job in the country.”
His vision to expand WSU’s presence throughout the entire state and to increase higher education opportunities to students from various backgrounds became a reality when campuses in Spokane, the Tri Cities, Vancouver, and Everett were established.
Elson Floyd's legacy will not only impact Washington State University, but also the entire state of Washington through his belief in the importance of education and developing new doctors.
President Floyd is survived by his wife Carmento, his children, his parents and his brothers.