"Trudi and I send our deepest condolences to Carmento and Elson's family, friends and colleagues. This was a man wholly devoted to serving his state and expanding opportunities for all of Washington's students. He turned Washington State into Cougar State, dramatically expanding the scope of the university on both sides of the mountains. He loved inspiring students and challenging them. Thanks to Elson there are Cougars all around the world engaged in innovative and influential work.
"I personally appreciate the counsel he's provided me over the past three years, starting with his help as co-chair of my transition team. Many of the strides we've made these past years in everything from higher education funding to student aid to innovative new research programs have Elson's handprints all over them. He was an incredible leader and his legacy will be one of excellence and dedication. Elson will always be remembered as one of the greatest Washingtonians."