WMU News

President Floyd testifies before Congress

Sept. 18, 2002

KALAMAZOO --WMU President Elson S. Floyd will testify in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Sept. 19, before a joint meeting of two subcommittees of the House Education and Work Force Committee--the Subcommittee on Select Education, led by Michigan Congressman Peter Hoekstra, and the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, led by California Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon. Hoekstra invited Floyd to testify.

Floyd, who was appointed by President Bush in February to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will join a panel that includes two of his fellow advisory board members, as well as a student from Langston University and the president of Morgan State University. The witnesses are scheduled to offer testimony at 10 a.m. on Capitol Hill.

Floyd is expected to describe WMU partnerships with some of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities that promote research and expand both undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities for students.

Floyd is in Washington for the annual White House HBCU Initiative Conference, held Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 15-18, to coincide with the observance of National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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