Thrasher named 15th President of Florida State

The Florida State University Board of Trustees has selected state Sen. John E. Thrasher, an FSU alumnus, to serve as the university's 15th president.

Thrasher, 70, succeeds Eric J. Barron, who became president in 2010. Provost Garnett S. Stokes has served as interim president since Barron left in April to assume the presidency of Penn State University.

The appointment is subject to approval by the Florida Board of Governors.

"I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as Florida State University's next president," Thrasher said. "I look forward to leading the university to even higher levels of excellence. My goal is to advance the faculty and the research, service and teaching mission of this university. I want Florida State to be the best place for students to receive an education, so they can realize their dreams."

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University goals met in legislative session

Florida State University came out of the 2014 session of the Florida Legislature on top, with Gov. Rick Scott signing a state budget that supports the university’s priorities.

These include continuation of pre-eminence funding and increased levels of funding systemwide for performance metrics, support for building maintenance and construction of the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science Building and enhanced support for the university’s student-veterans.

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