The Washington State University Board of Regents approved the renaming of one of WSU Tri-Cities’ buildings to honor late WSU President Elson S. Floyd on Friday.
The West Building will now be named the Elson S. Floyd Academic Building. The proposal was initiated by a WSU Tri-Cities anthropology professor and supported by administrators and faculty.
This is the third building or entity named after Floyd by the regents since he died of cancer almost a year ago.
The regents on Friday also approved tuition rates for the next school year, including a legislatively authorized reduction of 10 percent.
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Under the new rate, the annual cost of resident undergraduate tuition will drop from $10,356 a year to $9,324 in 2016-2017. Most other tuition rates will remain the same.
Regents approved the hiring of administrative staff, faculty, and operating staff for the new medical school in Spokane. They also elected Regent Lura J. Powell of the Tri-Cities to succeed Regent T. Ryan Durkan as Chair of the Board of Regents. Regent Theodor Baseler was elected Vice Chair.