WSU regents hope to pick president by spring

Washington State University’s board of regents hopes to hire a new president for the school by next spring.

The regents held a special meeting Thursday to approve the selection of an executive search firm, and to adopt guidelines for the search and for appointing a presidential search advisory committee.

The meeting comes two months after WSU President Elson Floyd died of complications from colon cancer. Floyd, who started his tenure in 2007, was the 10th president of the university and its first black president.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that regents President Ryan Durkin said choosing WSU’s president is the regents’ “most important responsibility.”