Elson Floyd News Archive

Remembering Elson Floyd

Some called him a giant in higher education, a dynamic force who could influence lawmakers and business leaders one day and cheerfully welcome students to his home the next. At a ceremony Wednesday at Washington State University, thousands gathered to celebrate the university’s 10th president, UNC alumnus Elson Floyd, who died of colon cancer June 20 at the age of 59.

Remembering Elson Floyd: From segregated North Carolina town to UNC to university president

Floyd, the first black WSU president, grew up in segregated Henderson, North Carolina, on an unpaved street. “We couldn’t even afford paper when he started marking in the sand to add up numbers,” his mother, Dorothy Floyd, told The Spokesman-Review soon after Floyd was hired at WSU. “He always loved education."....Once Elson Floyd graduated from the University of North Carolina, he helped put his three brothers through school.

Washington State University president Elson Floyd, UNC alum and former administrator, dies at 59

Elson Floyd, the beloved president of Washington State University who fought successfully for WSU to have its own medical school even as he himself was ill with cancer, died Saturday. President Floyd, 59, president of WSU for eight years, died in Pullman of complications from colon cancer. He had gone on medical leave just a few weeks ago, and his death came as a shock to many.

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