Our hearts are saddened by the passing of Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University.
Thank you, Elson Floyd, for your belief in academics and your belief that our Washington children are our greatest resource for tomorrow.
Three years ago, Academic Link Outreach, a Washington nonprofit, took nine students, from our Path to College Success program in Lynnwood to a formal dinner at the president’s home. Those students, now seniors in high school, are still talking about that evening!
He shared WSU and the importance of pushing beyond high school. He listened to the students’ hopes and dreams. Since he knew about their academic success, he told them that each had a place at WSU.
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Not only was he a great leader for higher education, but he modeled academic excellence for our younger students through high school.
There is a saying, “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the LIFE of a CHILD.” That says it all as we remember him.
Kennewick and Mulkiteo