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Office of the President News and Notes

Naming a college

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D., 9/29/2011

By now, most of you have had the opportunity to see the memorandum that was circulated Wednesday morning university-wide regarding our strategy to close our budget gap for the current biennium.

I greatly appreciate the many thoughtful comments I received as we were finalizing this plan; I expect that exchange of ideas to continue as we move forward.

Perhaps the most significant change included in the plan is the integration of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Sciences into a single college. In the memorandum, I called for the creation of a committee that would consider … » More …

Tree fruit research gift

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D., 9/21/2011

People in agriculture quickly learn to be careful with their money. They know that bad years can follow good ones, and wise investments—in land, in technology, in research—can sometimes be the difference between success and failure.

So when Washington’s apple and pear growers voted on an assessment that would invest $27 million over the next eight years to support Washington State University tree fruit research and extension, it was not just the largest gift in our university’s history. It was a truly historic vote of confidence in the role that university research can play in maintaining and advancing the economic … » More …

Upcoming budget forecast

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. – 9/13/2011

Yesterday, I was in Olympia discussing the state’s economic outlook with the governor and key legislators. Based on those conversations, it is clear that when the updated revenue forecast is released on Thursday, our state will face a significant continuing budget shortfall.

While the numbers are not confirmed, the best estimates suggest that the deficit will be in the range of $1.5 billion to $2 billion. Those numbers would lead to even more budget reductions for state government, which, of course, includes higher education.

I will announce our finalized plans for closing the current $20 million annual deficit by … » More …

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