WMU News

Trustees give President Floyd high marks

Oct. 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University trustees praised WMU President Elson S. Floyd's job performance Oct. 7, describing his leadership abilities as the "gold standard" and awarding him a 6 percent salary increase.

Acting at its regular meeting, the board unanimously approved a formal evaluation of Floyd, who took office Aug. 1, 1998, and boosted his salary to $185,500 for the 1999-2000 fiscal year. The increase is retroactive to the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

"It is evident that your management style is right for this University," said Trustee Richard Haworth of Holland, reading from a statement prepared by the board's evaluation committee which he chaired. "You lead with wisdom, enthusiasm, vision, compassion and obviously, boundless energy."

Citing improved relationships with the Kalamazoo community and other colleges in the area, the statement praised Floyd for his "friend raising" talents as well as the fund raising he already has embarked on in preparation for an upcoming capital campaign.

"We believe that you are responsible for the continued growth of pride in Western and the feeling of high morale and great expectations as the entire University works together in developing the vision of a 'premier, student-centered research institution,'" the statement continued.

In the statement, the board praised Floyd for "making remarkable progress" in reaching the objectives it set for him when he was hired. It singled out Floyd's successful resolution of issues surrounding the placement of the new College of Engineering, research park and the manufacturing research center; the University's meeting of Carnegie Foundation Research II criteria; WMU's improved standing in Lansing; plans to increase WMU's presence in Grand Rapids; the elevation of the School of Aviation Sciences to the College of Aviation; and the speedy settlement of the contract between WMU and the American Association of University Professors.

The board's statement concluded with its thanks to Floyd's wife, Carmento Floyd, for serving as "an outstanding ambassador for WMU."

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

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