Honoring Dr. Elson S. Floyd

The Council of Presidents is deeply saddened at the loss of Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd. President Floyd was a true pioneer and thought leader in higher education, always working to open doors of opportunity to Washingtonians and their families. WSU and our state were incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Floyd at the helm during the perilous period of the Great Recession.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Floyd was for two years the executive director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, the agency responsible for statewide planning, policy analysis, and student financial aid programs for Washington's postsecondary education system.

From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Floyd served as vice president for student services, vice president for administration, and executive vice president at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Dr. Floyd became the 10th president of WSU in May 2007. He served as chair of the Council of Presidents during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Our hearts are with President Floyd’s family and our WSU family. His legacy will continue in perpetuity.


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About the Council

The Council of Presidents (COP) is a voluntary association of Washington’s six public baccalaureate degree granting college and universities.  Located in Olympia, WA, COP strives to be a common voice for the public baccalaureate sector and the most respected and trusted resource for decision makers on issues affecting public higher education. COP serves as the coordinating role for a number of initiatives and activities common to the public baccalaureate institutions, fostering coordination and collaboration among the public baccalaureates as well as with other educational partners, both in Washington and nationally.


Each year on July 1 a different president assumes the role of COP chair. The chairs of all COP committees also rotate on the same schedule. Below are the current members of The Council of Presidents.



Council of Presidents Staff

In the News

Condolences flood into Pullman after Elson Floyd's death

Even before Washington State University confirmed the death of President Elson Floyd on Saturday morning, words of condolence were flooding the internet. Washington lawmakers were first to express their sadness of Floyd's passing, but alumni and friends quickly followed, flooding twitter with remembrances.

06/2015 | Associated Press

WSU lab at heart of Chipotle's quest to make a better tortilla

The lab is working on a project for the restaurant chain, which says it wants to improve the quality of mass-market food. The goal: create a tortilla that is as soft, pliant and tasty as something an abuelita may make in her kitchen but one that can be produced on a vast scale.

05/2015 | The New York Times/The Seattle Times



Honoring Dr. Elson Floyd