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Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. - 9/5/07

WSU's Strong Foundation

Recently, I spent a most delightful afternoon in San Francisco with Jane Logan.

In so many ways, Jane exemplifies the essence of Washington State University tenacious, strong, caring, with a powerful heart.

Her love for WSU was principally derived through her late husband Roscoe (Rock) Logan (BS, Engineering & Architecture, '33). A successful entrepreneur and businessman, he was co-founder of Braddock, Logan and Valley.  Started shortly after the end of WWII, his firm, today known as Braddock & Logan, continues its impressive architectural footprint in the Bay Area.

Jane shared memories of Pullman and "Washington State College" and challenged me to name a few of the players on the 1998 Rose Bowl team.

Before I could reply she rattled off the five players faster than my pen could keep up, then added more and I finally brought up why I asked her to lunch.

I asked Jane to serve on our national steering committee for the capital campaign and she graciously agreed. 

Over the past few months I have had the privilege and opportunity to meet so many Cougs. I pinch myself everyday with the reality that I am serving as the 10th president of this remarkable place.  World class faculty, talented students, committed staff and dedicated alums form the foundation of WSU.

We are as strong as those around us, and WSU is remarkably strong.

Thank you Jane and thank you Cougs.