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At WSU for a month, Floyd loves his job

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PULLMAN, Wash. - In his first month as Washington State University's new president, Elson Floyd has begun taking steps to have the college pay more of its own costs. He is hiring people to expand private fundraising and also to ensure that WSU research pays off for the school and the state.

Floyd says it's alright to rely on the Legislature to provide core funding for the university. But he says that if WSU wants to achieve what he calls a "margin of excellence," it needs to do work on its own to get there.

He says he'll seek more money from private donations and look for more public-private partnerships. He also expects WSU to generate more of its own income, through licensing of its research findings. He says that will also help Washington's economy.

However, Floyd is not all business. In his first month on the job, he also saved four low-income clinics in Spokane. With the clinics slated to close after losing federal money, Floyd ordered that 400-thousand dollars from his reserve funds be used to keep them open this year. The clinics serve some three-thousand students and low-income clients and are run through W-S-U's Intercollegiate College of Nursing.

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