PULLMAN, Wash - Washington State University President Elson Floyd has donated an additional $5,000 to a reward fund to help track down suspects associated with the March 30 assault of instructor David Warner.
Warner, 41, suffered a serious head injury and has been in critical condition ever since. Reports indicate he is "making slow and steady progress," Floyd said.
Police say Warner was attempting to intervene in an argument between an acquaintance and three men when he was struck and then fell to the ground with several people on top of him.
The total $10,000 fund will be used to compensate anyone who provides police with information that leads to the apprehension and prosecution of those responsible for the assault, Floyd wrote on his blog.
In addition, a newly created Commission on Campus Climate will seek to address the "underlying fear and anger among some on campus regarding issues of race and marginalization," he said.
Police do not believe the attack on Warner was a hate crime - he is Native American - but the incident caused several in the community to step forward with their fears.
"As an educational institution, it is our responsibility to provide an environment where all students feel safe, an environment conducive to learning and success," Floyd wrote. "I can assure you, this will not be 'yet another task force.' "