Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in rural eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. He was 59.
The board voted Friday to authorize WSU President Elson S. Floyd to pursue the controversial effort. The action came a day after a consulting firm said WSU is “well-positioned” to start a medical school.
The football coaches at the University of Washington and Washington State University were the best paid state employees in 2013.
“It’s clear we need more primary care physicians,” WSU president Elson Floyd said. The University of Washington has done a great job of putting doctors in the region, he said, but increasing demand in rural Washington state “is so great it may require two medical schools.”