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Florida State University President John Thrasher is rolling back portions of a ban on Greek life after the hazing-related death of a student. Fraternities and sororities will now have to meet stricter rules to stay on campus.

Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

Florida Board of Governors

The Florida Board of Governors has taken the first steps toward approving a standard search process for university presidents, with a final vote on approving the policy expected at the panel's June meeting.

Florida State University President John Thrasher is condemning cable network CNN’s decision to air “The Hunting Ground” a film about campus rape, later this week.

A Florida State University expert says statistics are on the side of Republican lawmakers who want to allow concealed weapons on campus.

A proposal allowing guns to be carried on public college and university campuses is gaining steam in the legislature. While the bill applies to all public higher educations in Florida—One school, Florida State University—is dominating the conversation.

Fallout from the appointment of Florida State University President John Thrasher continued Tuesday as a House panel voted to take the academic recruiting process behind closed doors.

Florida State University President John Thrasher says his position has not changed since the recent filing of a bill allowing people to open carry on public college and university campuses. It’s the same bill Thrasher helped defeat in 2011 when he was a state senator.

In 2011, the testimony of Dr. Robert Cowie, a friend of Thrasher, also helped derail the bill. Just weeks before, Cowie’s daughter, FSU Student Ashley, had been accidentally shot by a rifle and killed at a frat house.

A preliminary report on the future of the joint Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering shows a separation could be as high as a billion dollars.

The Florida legislature commissioned the study earlier this year after a plan pushed by former State Senator John Thrasher failed. Thrasher is now president of Florida State University.

Former State Senator John Thrasher assumed his new role as President of Florida State University this week.  Thrasher says running a university is far different from running the legislature, and all of his actions are being scrutinized.

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.  

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.

UF Search Committee Names Three Presidential Finalists

Oct 13, 2014

The University of Florida's Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its list of finalists to three, all from out-of-state, with the president-elect expected to be named Wednesday.

On Monday, the search committee selected as finalists Cornell University Provost Kent Fuchs, New York University Provost David W. McLaughlin and Sibrandes Poppema, president of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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.

Associated Press

Florida State University is hiring powerful state Sen. John Thrasher as its next president despite significant opposition from people on campus who contended he isn’t qualified for the post.

The FSU board voted 11-2 Tuesday to hire Thrasher over three academics, pushing aside objections from FSU faculty who cited his lack of education credentials. Thrasher, a former state House speaker and chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, also drew criticism after he sidestepped questions during a campus forum about climate change and evolution.

State Senator John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) fielded questions Monday from students and staff during an on campus interview for  Florida State University’s  top job.  Thrasher  is one of four finalists vying to be FSU's next president.

During Monday’s forum questions centered around how Thrasher would push FSU into the nation’s top 25 public universities. The senator's answer? Fundraising.

Two of the most prominent candidates hoping to lead Florida State University, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes took their turns in front of the presidential search committee Tuesday. But one of them hasn’t made it to the final list.

Florida State University’s presidential search committee will meet Friday to whittle down a list of candidates for the school’s top job. Nearly 40 names includes the school’s interim president, who is looking to make her post permanent.

Florida State University’s former President Eric Barron recruited Stokes. She served as provost and when Barron left earlier this year to head Penn State University, Stokes took over as interim president. She says others encouraged her to apply for the job before she made the decision to jump into the fray.

FSU to Hire New Consultant as Presidential Search Resets

Jun 11, 2014

A new search firm will be brought in to help Florida State University find its next president, as students and faculty clamor for more say in the muddled process.

FSU Presidential Search Shortlisted to John Thrasher

May 21, 2014

Powerful Sen. John Thrasher's desire to be the next president of Florida State University has caused a search committee to "pause" the process so it can interview him for the position.

Search consultant Bill Funk told committee members on Wednesday that the "irregular" step is needed because the "long-shadow" of the St. Augustine Republican is keeping other qualified candidates from wanting to apply for the job.