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Regents approve president’s contract extension
October 8, 2010

SPOKANE – A contract extension with President Elson S. Floyd through June 30, 2016, was approved by the WSU Board of Regents at their regularly scheduled meeting at WSU Spokane.


“The board of regents believes that it is important, especially in this difficult financial time, to send a strong message about the continuity of leadership here at WSU,” said Chair Laura M. Jennings. “Dr. Floyd has done an outstanding job for this university and we are pleased that his tenure will continue.”


The financial terms of the extended contract reflect those in the previous agreement, which would have expired on June 30, 2012.

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Horizon Air CEO to speak at Power Breakfast
March 20, 2008

PULLMAN – The WSU College of Business will hold its next Power Breakfast, sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Ameriprise Financial, in Spokane, Wash., on April 3. The breakfast will take place at The Davenport Hotel and will feature guest speaker Jeff Pinneo, president and CEO of Horizon Air.

Pinneo was appointed president and CEO of Horizon Air in January 2002. He served previously as vice president, Customer Services, a role in which he oversaw Horizon’s largest division, which included station operations, in-flight services, security, and food and beverage service. He has nearly 30 years of aviation experience, 25 of them with Horizon and … » More …

Florida insurance executive speaks
September 6, 2007

PULLMAN – J. Hyatt Brown, chairman and CEO of Brown & Brown, Inc.,will deliver the 15th annual Walton Lecture on Monday, September 10th at the Washington State University College of Business.

Presented by the Department of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate, the lecture will be at 5 p.m. in Todd Hall Room 276. Brown will trace the development of his company while commenting on the brokerage business, the insurance industry, regulation, and current issues in his lecture entitled “The Evolution of the Property/Casualty Insurance Business.”


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New board chair appointed for WSU College of Business
May 8, 2007

David Grant, former president and CEO of Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc, has accepted the two-year position of chair of the Washington State University College of Business National Board of Advisors. His term begins July 1.“Dave has been a dedicated supporter of the college for years. As a successful business leader, he understands the importance of global competitiveness in our graduates,” said College of Business Dean Eric Spangenberg. “His leadership will be instrumental as the college continues to move forward.”After graduating with degrees in business and accounting from WSU in 1976, Grant continued to stay involved with the College of Business; initially as a campus recruiter of … » More …

PEMCO CEO to deliver 14th Annual Walton Lecture
October 11, 2006

PULLMAN  – Stan McNaughton, CEO of PEMCO Insurance, will be the featured speaker for the Washington State University College of Business’ 14th annual Walton Lecture on Oct. 16. McNaughton’s presentation, entitled “You and the CEO: Things you do to influence what a CEO does,” will be given at 5:00 pm in Todd 276.Before joining PEMCO in 1986, McNaughton served for 13 years as the corporate treasurer for the Herald Newspaper in Everett, Wash. During the prior five years, he worked at Price Waterhouse as a CPA.McNaughton serves on the boards of many professional organizations, including Washington Roundtable, Washington Insurance Council, and Washington Research Council. He … » More …

Entrepreneur, CEO touts ability to spy opportunity
March 25, 2005

The CEO of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream will present the WSU DeYoung Executive-in-Residence speech at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Smith CUE 203. Hosting the free event is the College of Business and Economics. Renowned in the business world as an entrepreneur, Gary Rogers told the New York Times in 2004 that he values “the ability to recognize an opportunity.” In 1977, despite no income, no savings and the experience of one failed business on his resume, Rogers rallied investors and bought Dreyer’s, a small, San Francisco Bay Area ice cream company, for $1 million with his former partner William F. Cronk. Over the … » More …

CEO of The Seattle Times to speak at WSU
September 24, 2003

Frank A. Blethen, publisher and chief executive officer of The Seattle Times, will speak at Washington State University on Friday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in Bryan Hall Auditorium. His topic will be “Edward R. Murrow and the 21st Century Threat to Democracy.”Blethen is a fourth-generation member of the Blethen family, which founded The Seattle Times in 1896. He has been publisher and chief executive officer since 1985, having joined the family business full-time in 1968. He has held a variety of executive positions at The Times in circulation, advertising, marketing and labor.A graduate of Arizona State University, Blethen has done post-graduate work at Harvard. … » More …

Slaughter targets diversity
March 28, 2003

John Slaughter, president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, will deliver the keynote address at the WSU Faculty Honors Convocation this afternoon, Friday, March 28. He will speak about “Diversity: An Opportunity, Not a Challenge.”The convocation is set to begin at 4:10 p.m. in Bryan Hall Auditorium as part of “World Class. Face to Face. SHOWCASE.” Slaughter is a former director of the National Science Foundation, president of Occidental College in Los Angeles and chancellor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His long and distinguished background as a leader in the education, engineering and the scientific communities includes serving … » More …

What keeps insurance CEOs awake at night?
October 8, 2002

Robert P. Hartwig, senior vice president and chief economist for the Insurance Information Institute, will answer “What Keeps Insurance CEOs Awake at Night?” at Washington State University#s 2002 Walton Lecturer, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Todd Hall, Room 276.Hartwig, a renowned scholar on property/casualty insurance, frequently appears as a television commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN and CNBC. He has published articles on insurance issues and has been quoted in “The Wall Street Journal,” “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “Business Week,” “Forbes” and “The Economist.”The lecture kicks off the fall advisory board meeting for the Risk Management and Insurance Program, part … » More …