The board of regents of Washington State University has announced that it has extended the contract of university president Elson S. Floyd through June 30, 2021. Dr. Floyd’s contract was not due to expire until 2016 but the board decided to add five years to the term of the agreement due to Dr. Floyd’s “exemplary service.” Dr. Floyd requested that he not receive any raise in compensation as a result of the extension.
Dr. Floyd became the 10th president of Washington State University in May 2007. Previously, he was the president of the four-campus University of Missouri system and was president of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Earlier, he served as executive vice president of Eastern Washington University.
President Floyd is a native of Henderson, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and speech, a master’s degree in adult education, and a doctorate in higher and adult education, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.