Chancellor, late president share Leadership Spokane honor

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown and the late Elson S. Floyd, former WSU president, have been named the fifth recipients of Leadership Spokane’s annual King Cole award.

It will be presented the evening of Jan. 21, during the Leadership Lights the Way Gala at Spokane’s Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Leadership Spokane created the King Cole Luminary Award to recognize exceptional and transformative servant leadership that lights the way within the community. In March 2013, the first award was made posthumously to King Forrest Cole, known as the “father” of Expo ’74. Leadership Spokane said Cole’s real skill was his ability to get people to come together to achieve the impossible.

Floyd and Brown likewise worked together to achieve a Spokane medical school dream, said Leadership Spokane in its news release about the award.

“I can think of no more fitting legacy for Dr. Floyd than the medical college that now bears his name,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “Thanks to his boundless vision and energy and the tireless and innovative efforts of our Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown, WSU has succeeded in creating a pipeline here and across our state, which will supply physicians to our medically underserved communities for decades to come.”

Those interested in celebrating this award are invited to attend the gala. Tickets are available at


News media contact:
Terren Roloff, WSU Spokane communications, 509-358-7527, cell 509-720-6245,


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