WSU president reacts to assault on professor

Published On: Apr 10 2013 07:39:46 AM PDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2013 01:56:02 PM PDT
WSU professor fighting for his life in Sacred Heart ICU
PULLMAN, Wash. -

Washington State University President Elson Floyd has donated $10,000 to the reward fund to help catch the people who assaulted a faculty member near campus.

David Warner remains in critical condition at a Spokane hospital. Police say he was beaten about 2 a.m. March 30 while intervening in a fight between an acquaintance and a group of college-age people in the parking lot of Adams Mall on College Hill.

Floyd also announced Tuesday he is creating a Commission on Campus Climate to address what he called "an underlying fear and anger among some on campus regarding issues of race and marginalization."

Warner is Native American and teaches in the WSU Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies. Police have said there's no indication race was a factor in the beating.