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As the 10th president of Washington State, Floyd was instrumental in bringing change to the institution, including increasing its student body, the number of students of color, tripling the amount of research grants the school received and completing a $1 billion fundraising campaign to support the university, among other noteworthy achievements.

This month Darlington honored Floyd in a ceremony at a bank on the school’s Silver Lake, renaming the area Dr. Elson S. Floyd Legacy Point. Additionally, the school awards an annual scholarship to students in his honor as well.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Carmento Floyd, and their two adult children.

(Photo: Washington State University)

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