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Founding dean of WSU's Murrow College reflects on Dr. Elson Floyd

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Lawrence Pintak. Photo: WSU Lawrence Pintak. Photo: WSU
PULLMAN, Wash. - Under the leadership of WSU President Dr. Elson Floyd, the university established The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. In a statement Saturday, founding dean Lawrence Pintak reflected on Dr. Floyd's legacy and the impact he had on the school and Pintak himself.

"He will always hold a special place in the hearts of the faculty, staff and students of Murrow. We owe our very existence as a college to him; I, and many others are here at WSU thanks to his vision," Pintak said.

Pintak's remembers Dr. Floyd as a president who took bold steps to expand the university and transform the Murrow College in particular. He called Dr. Floyd a mentor and a role model.

"Dr. Floyd has been both a role model and a mentor in my six years at Washington State. The decisions of a president, or those of a dean, are not always popular ones. His deft ability to make the tough calls while continuing to inspire the many constituencies he served, and maintain a dialogue with those who disagreed, has always been an inspiration for me," Pintak said.

Pintak said Dr. Floyd will be dearly missed and that the Murrow College will redouble efforts to fulfill the potential he saw in the college.

"As our namesake, Edward R. Murrow, might have said, ‘Goodnight, Elson, and good luck.'"


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