- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University president Elson S. Floyd has cancer and will take an immediate medical leave from his job.

The Washington State University Board of Regents approved the leave on Friday.

Floyd says this has been a challenging time for him as he battles cancer.

The board voted to have provost and executive vice president Dan Bernardo assume the day-to-day duties of president.

Board chairman Ryan Durkan says Floyd has the full support of the regents.

Floyd says he cannot wait to return to work once his health allows.

The 59-year-old Floyd has been president of WSU since 2007. Most recently he has been pushing to create a new medical school at WSU’s Spokane campus.

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