St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Mon January 6, 2003

Floyd Begins as MU's President

Columbia, MO – Closing a University of Missouri campus was
never considered a viable way to deal with budget cuts.

That from new University of Missouri President Elson Floyd, who said today at a news conference that the possibility of closing one of the campuses was never really considered.

Floyd's predecessor, Manuel Pacheco, said last summer that closing one of four campuses was an option if the state made more cuts to the University's appropriations.

Floyd held a news conference today on his first day as chief executive of the four-campus system. Floyd indicated protecting Missouri's higher education budget and finding a new chancellor for UM-St. Louis are his top priorities.

He was hired in November. He had spent the last four years as president of Western Michigan University.

Floyd succeeds Pacheco, who retired last week after five years as University of Missouri's president.