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5:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

FSU Trustees Approve $430,000 Five-Year Contract For Thrasher

Incoming FSU President and State Sen. John Thrasher (R, St. Augustine).

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:31 pm

Florida State University trustees have signed off on a $430,ooo a year five-year contract for incoming president, John Thrasher.

Thrasher will live in the president’s house. FSU will either provide a car, or if Thrasher chooses to drive his own he will get a $900 a month car allowance. The proposal is a five year contract, but Thrasher the ability to get bonuses based on his performance. Trustees have not announced how those bonuses will be decided.  

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

USF Cancels African Journalists Visit; Ebola Fears Blamed

African journalists from the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists pose along the USF St. Pete waterfront

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 10:14 am

Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have canceled a five-day visit by 14 African journalists that was to begin Oct. 31, because of fears of the Ebola virus.

In a letter today written by Han Reichgelt, regional vice president for academic affairs (see below), he says they're doing so out of an abundance of caution.

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Education
8:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The University of Florida Names A New President

The University of Florida names Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs as its 12th president.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:34 pm

The University of Florida has chosen a new president.

Cornell University Provost Dr. Kent Fuchs, pronounced "fox" will become the 12th president of UF. He will start his new job  New Year's Day, if he is approved by the state university system governing board, the Florida Board of Governors. The BOG will meet Nov. 5 and 6th where it's also expected to take up the ratification of FSU's new president, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine).

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University Beat
5:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Vinik Offers Downtown Tampa Land to USF

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

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University Beat
6:05 am
Wed October 15, 2014

FSU Trustees To Discuss $430,000 Contract For Thrasher

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Florida State University is expected to pay its incoming President John Thrasher $430,000 a year. A draft of the proposed contract has Thrasher starting his new job November 10.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a conference call to talk about the proposed employment contract with state Senator John Thrasher. He’s expected to be reelected. He says he will step down after the election as long as the university system governing board approves his appointment to the FSU job.

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Politics
1:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Sunshine State Survey: More Floridians Optimistic About the Future

USF's School of Public Affairs and Nielsen released the season's final results from the Sunshine State Survey Tuesday,  giving the most recent indication of how Floridians feel about the issues that affect them the most.

USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus said overall, Floridians are feeling more optimistic about the direction the state is headed.

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Education
5:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Jill Biden, Annette Taddeo Campaign on Education at USF

Jill Biden presses the flesh with USF students
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

As the race for governor heats up, the Democrats are calling on some big names to help out Charlie Crist. Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida this afternoon, and his wife Jill appeared today at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She listened to a group of students talking about making college affordable.

Biden says the average college student is weighed down with about $30,000 of debt when they graduate.

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Education
3:13 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Colleges Duck Public Records Law Via Corporations

The University of Central Library, Orlando

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 2:13 pm

The business of Florida's 12 public universities is supposed to be public like any other state agency. Salaries, contracts, policies and other university business records are supposed to be subject to Florida's expansive Sunshine Law, which mandates that most government actions be open to scrutiny.

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University Beat
12:10 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mumas Make Mark with $25 Million Gift to USF College of Business

Pam and Les Muma are donating $25 million to the USF College of Business, the largest single gift in USF history. The gift brings the total they've donated to USF to $41 million.
Credit USF Unstoppable

In what they call a "visible thank you" to the school that helped them become successful, local businessman Les Muma and his wife, Pam, have donated $25 million to the University of South Florida College of Business - the largest single gift in USF's history.

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Health Unveils 'Pharmacy of the Future'

The new USF Health Pharmacy Plus
Eric Younghans USF Health Office of Communications

Right now, medicine’s future might just be sitting behind a curtain on the first floor of the Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care on the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

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University Beat
3:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Comes Under Fire After Monkey Dies During Research Study

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While University of South Florida consider the matter closed, an animal rights group is pushing both university police and federal officials to investigate the death of a rhesus monkey during a research study.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey on Health

Credit sunshinestatesurvey.org

USF's School of Public Affairs and Nielsen released more results of their annual Sunshine State Survey today. These are the numbers on how Floridians feel about recreational marijuana.

USF Professor Susan MacManus says two-thirds of Floridians believe that the approval of the medicinal marijuana amendment will lead to legalizing pot, while less than one-third disagree.

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NPR Story
5:39 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

An FIU Doctor's Experience With The Ebola Outbreak

Dr. Aileen Marty

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 7:05 am

It wasn’t Dr. Aileen Marty’s first trip to West Africa and it likely won’t be her last.

The Florida International University professor of infectious disease is on the World Health Organization’s go-to list to head anywhere, anytime whenever an illness becomes an epidemic threat.

The disease this time? The Ebola virus.

The place? Nigeria.

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University Beat
3:37 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Thrasher's Selection 'Doesn't Mean The Fight's Over;' FSU Students To Lobby BoG

Students led by the FSU Progress Coalition and Students for a Democratic Society march toward the Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 23.

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:38 am

Florida State University student groups are hoping to get the state Board of Governors to block the presidential confirmation of state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine). The groups and several faculty members have protested at every step of the search process this year, at one point leading to the resignation of the school’s original search consultant.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey on Crime and Environmental Issues

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 USF's School of Public Affairs and Nielsen's latest results on their annual Sunshine State Survey was released today, asking how Floridians feel about crime and environmental issues.

USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus said 46 percent of Floridians are in favor of making current gun laws more restrictive, while a slight majority see no reason to do so.

"This question really reflects racial, ethnic, gender and age divide in the state," she said.

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