Elson S. Floyd

Pullman, Washington

  • University president
  • Lifelong learner and educator
  • Champion for collaboration

Elson Floyd
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Elson Floyd is the president of Washington State University and has extensive experience in university administration and higher education leadership. His distinguished career includes serving as president of the University of Missouri and Western Michigan University. He also has held several executive leadership positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Eastern Washington University. Floyd has a deep understanding of statewide collaboration and coordination as a result of his experience as 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 post-secondary education system. Floyd was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology as well as the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Western Michigan University.

Floyd currently serves on the boards of the Parents Union, Washington STEM Center, We Work for Health Advocacy and Association of Public Land Grant Universities. . He was named a 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. His awards include the 2004 James C. Kirkpatrick Award, given by the Northwest Missouri Press Association for his public service, as well as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am pleased to call Dr. Elson Floyd my esteemed colleague and a national higher education leader. As the longtime president of Washington State University, with decades of leadership experience in higher education at the state and national level, he understands the unique dynamics and responsibilities of a land grant university in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Floyd’s insights and perspective as an advocate for higher education for all citizens and on effective board practices will be a true strength for OSU’s institutional board.” – Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University