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Randy Suess, Washington Grain Commissioner

Posted by | June 25, 2015
In 2008, WSU President Elson Floyd meets with members of the Washington Wheat Commission (now known as the Washington Grain Commission) at their Spokane office. Pictured are CEO Tom Mick, Randy Suess, Floyd, and Hal Johnson.
In 2008, WSU President Elson Floyd meets with members of the Washington Wheat Commission (now known as the Washington Grain Commission) at their Spokane office. Pictured are CEO Tom Mick, Randy Suess, Floyd, and Hal Johnson.

I first met President Floyd right after he came to WSU. The Washington Grain Commission wanted to introduce ourselves and speak with him about the future of research and extension at WSU.

What we came to find out was that he someone who was deeply committed to the land-grant mission of the university. He spoke candidly of his goals and how we might be a part of them.

At a later time, we had several issues and met with him to express our concerns. After listening intently, he asked to be excused from the room for five minutes. When he returned, he said “problem solved.” That was an amazing experience and one I shall never forget. That was just the kind of can-do attitude that we came to admire in him over the years.

I will also give him credit for putting people in leadership positions that we could work with, and benefitted the entire wheat industry. He will be sorely missed by the wheat and barley growers of Washington.

— Randy Suess, Washington Grain Commissioner