Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. - 12//19/07
An Exhilarating Year
Just over a year ago, I came to Pullman to be approved by the Washington State University Board of Regents as the 10th president of our university.
It has been a most exhilarating 12 months.
First, working closely with my predecessor V. Lane Rawlins, I received an in-depth education about the opportunities and challenges facing this institution.
Since taking over as president in May, I have been meeting with the faculty, staff and students who make this place work and with the friends and supporters who care so much about where Washington State University is heading. We have moved forward initiatives – in research, in economic development, in information technology -- that are vital to the future of our university.
Through it all, I have been struck by the unique spirit of this place, the sense of shared purpose.
Anyone who has followed the first months of my presidency or read these Perspective columns knows that I did not come to Washington State University just to be a caretaker of its great legacy. Instead, I want to build on that legacy. Clearly, that can only happen through the collaborative efforts of each and every one of us. That’s why the can-do spirit of so many Cougars is particularly gratifying to me.
I knew much about Washington State University from my days as an administrator at Eastern Washington University and as executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. But it is not possible to realize fully what it means to be part of the Cougar family until you are inside its circle. I am honored and humbled by the welcome I have received.
Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to stop and reflect with our family and friends and consider the blessings we have received. Certainly, I feel blessed to be part of this great institution, surrounded by people who passionately believe in it.
I want to thank everyone who has helped make this such a memorable year. Thank you for your invitation to become a part of WSU. Thank you for your welcoming attitudes. Thank you for your hard work.
Carmento and I would like to offer our best wishes to you and your family for the happiest of holiday seasons and for a most fulfilling New Year.
See you in 2008.