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WSU flag raised at state Capitol

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In a week of loving and respectful tributes and memorial articles, proclamations, and news coverage following the passing of Washington State University’s 10th President Elson S. Floyd on Saturday, June 20th, one of the most heartwarming was the outpouring expressed yesterday in Olympia. The following is a run down of events that took place during a morning and afternoon including statements from bipartisan lawmakers on the floors of the state House and Senate and special tributes from our state’s Governor and other officials. WSU’s Acting President Daniel J. Bernardo was in active attendance during all of these events and we look forward to his continued impeccable leadership in the months ahead.

Newsbeat – WSU Government Relations

By order of Gov. Jay Inslee, the WSU flag was raised at the flag circle on the state Capitol grounds Thursday afternoon to honor university President Elson S. Floyd, who died Saturday at the age of 59.

In addition, Gov. Inslee has ordered all flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in Floyd’s memory.

Acting WSU President Daniel J. Bernardo (far left) observes Governor Jay Inslee as he prepares to raise the Cougar Flag on the Capitol Campus in honor of the late President Elson S. Floyd.

Acting WSU President Daniel J. Bernardo (far left) observes Governor Jay Inslee as he prepares to raise the Cougar Flag on the Capitol Campus in honor of the late President Elson S. Floyd.

In raising the Cougar flag, Inslee was joined by WSU Acting President Dan Bernardo, Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, Sen. Linda Parlette – a Wenatchee Republican and WSU alum – and House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, R-Monroe.

The tribute followed the passing of two resolutions earlier in the day during the House and Senate floor sessions.

Both resolutions, HR 4645 and SR 8685, sought to honor the legacy and achievements President Floyd established during his time at WSU. Senators and Representatives hailed Dr. Floyd for his work as an advocate for higher education.

The family plans services for President Floyd at noon, Saturday, June 27, in Henderson, North Carolina. Because he was such a student-focused president, the official university celebration of life honoring him has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, after the students return for fall semester. It will be held in Beasley Coliseum on the Pullman campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to honor President Floyd be made to the Elson S. Floyd Founders Fund for the WSU College of Medicine.

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