Academic journal article The Western Journal of Black Studies

A Note from the Editor: In Memoriam-Dr. Elson S. Floyd

Academic journal article The Western Journal of Black Studies

A Note from the Editor: In Memoriam-Dr. Elson S. Floyd

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It is with great sadness that the Western Journal of Black Studies enters the production of the Fall 2015 issue on the heels of the passing of higher education champion and pioneer Dr. Elson S. Floyd. Many articles and stories will be written about the legacy of Dr. Floyd, as he undoubtedly was a groundbreaking leader--serving as the first African American President for three University systems--while being an outspoken champion for Higher Education access and affordability. His achievements as the 10th president of Washington State University during a time of great fiscal difficulty are unprecedented. His leadership helped increase student enrollment, doubling the population of students of color; he spearheaded and completed a campaign to raise over a billion dollars; he expanded and upgraded the university at a time when others made cuts; and he sacrificed his own well-being to gain legislative approval for a new Medical School.

President Elson S. Floyd was a visionary and a leader committed to diversity and inclusion. For us at the Western Journal of Black Studies, that commitment was met with his support to save the journal at a time when others deemed it expendable. He understood the legacy of the WJBS, its importance in historic and contemporary contexts, and the significance of supporting an academic interdisciplinary journal focused on research in the Black diaspora. When the journal temporarily lost its home and support from the College of Communications under the previous editor, Dr. …

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