Floyd recalls tenure as he heads west

Floyd recalls tenure as he heads west
By: Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Departing University of Missouri system president Elson Floyd says the state's public universities are behind compared to other public institutions.
Floyd gave a farewell interview to The Associated Press yesterday. He is challenging lawmakers to raise their level of support.
By one recent measure, Missouri ranked 46th among states in per capita higher education funding -- and last among ten Midwestern states -- with an average of $147.60 cents per resident.
Floyd's new job will be president of Washington State University.
Floyd says top accomplishments during his four and a-half years at Missouri included steady enrollment growth and a fiscal turnaround at the university's once money-losing health care system.
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