Dear Fellow Seminoles,
When I became president in 2014, we had some pretty audacious goals — to be recognized as a Top 25 public university, expand our research enterprise and invest in faculty and student success, to name just a few. Looking back, it’s amazing to see all that we have achieved.
In September, FSU was ranked one of the nation’s Top 20 public universities for the second consecutive year. Six years ago, FSU was ranked 43rd; we now have surpassed some of the finest universities in the country.
Our incredible rise in the rankings is due to a lot of hard work and forward thinking by many people across the university who developed a strategic plan that reflects our values and has guided our way.
When it comes to student success, we continue to have some of the best graduation and retention rates in the country. In fact, a record 95 percent of our freshmen return for their sophomore year — a rate that places us among the Top 15 public universities in the nation! And 74 percent of our students graduate in four years.
Our strategic plan also recognizes the value FSU places on diversity and inclusion. We have again been named a national “Diversity Champion” and have received the top diversity in higher education award seven years in a row.
COVID-19 has had an impact on state revenues, but we are ready to make our case during the 2021 Legislative session.
Our legislators understand the importance of higher education for the state, and they know FSU, in particular, provides a good return on investment. We are asking the Legislature for funding that will allow us to continue to improve our faculty-student ratio and enrich Florida’s talent pipeline.
We also are asking the Legislature to support our continued efforts to advance the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. We have made tremendous strides in raising the national profile and ranking of the college.
Through the hard work of our dedicated faculty, students and staff, and support from friends like you, Florida State University has raised its national profile significantly in recent years, and we will continue our strategic efforts to climb even higher.
As you know, we are in the midst of a presidential search. The search firm has been selected and the process has begun. As I reflect on the past, I’m even more excited about the promise of the future.
Thank you for your ongoing support and for your willingness to lend your voice on our behalf.
PS. Please follow me on my new twitter account @FSUPresThrasher