Washington State University in Pullman has announced that it will name its new cultural center after its late president, Elson S. Floyd. J. Manuel Acevedo, director of the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services, stated that “President Floyd wanted a state-of-the-art building different from others that clearly communicates that WSU embraces diversity in a serious way.”
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. Dr. Floyd died in June 2015 from colon cancer.
President Floyd was a native of Henderson, N.C. He held 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.