WMU News

Trustees praise Floyd's leadership and accomplishments

Nov. 1, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU trustees praised President Elson S. Floyd for his leadership and many accomplishments over the past year as part of their annual review of his presidency.

Among Floyd's accomplishments cited by the trustees were the University's move into the Carnegie Foundation's top Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive classification, continued improvement in campus and community relations, and increasing success in the fund-raising area. The board also praised Floyd's wife, Carmento, who was characterized as a wonderful ambassador for WMU.

"Simply said, you are doing a great job, it is appreciated, and we thank you," concluded the formal statement.

Acting at its regular meeting, the board unanimously approved the formal evaluation of Floyd and boosted his salary to $210,000 for the 2000-01 fiscal year. The 13.2 percent increase is retroactive to the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

"Western Michigan University is very clearly one of the top institutions in the country and President Floyd one of the top chief executives," said Trustee Richard F. Chormann of Kalamazoo, who chaired the presidential evaluation committee. "We kept this in mind and looked very carefully at what other top universities in the state and nation are paying their presidents."

Floyd became the sixth president of WMU on Aug. 1, 1998. Since he took office, the University has grown to more than 28,650 students and ranks among the state's top four public universities on virtually every measure of quality and success.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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