WSU president visits to gauge areas needs

first_imgSuppose you were the head of a large state university system, caught in an exciting but slippery time of rapidly advancing technologies, global competition and a brutal recession.You might wonder exactly what your four campuses should teach to revitalize economies, and best serve your students and their communities.That’s what Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University, said he’s trying to find out — and he’s visiting all 39 counties in Washington to do it.Floyd stopped by the university’s Salmon Creek campus for a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to share snacks and chat with Vancouver’s business, community and political leaders.The modern Washington State University Vancouver campus, perched on grassy rolling hills, is “absolutely pristine,” he said, “the best of the best.”Visiting his 21st county since the beginning of April, Floyd touched on the century-old university system’s areas of expertise. Agriculture has been a main focus as it grew from grass-roots levels around the state. The system now has extension offices in every county.In Spokane, he said, there’s a focus on health sciences, and in the Tri-Cities, it’s on alternative energy research and the area’s wine industry.last_img read more