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President's Message

Dear Fellow Seminoles,

Springtime in Tallahassee is the traditional season for pollen and politicians, and this year is no different.  Florida State University has an enormous stake in the actions of our friends at the Capitol.

But thanks to efforts of our faculty, staff, and students, Florida State is on the rise!  We experienced the greatest leap in national rankings, moving up from 42 to 38 according to U.S. News and World Report. Our 4-year graduation rate is over 65% placing us in the top 15 in the nation among peer research institutions. And we accepted the highest academically accomplished incoming freshman class in university history.  And we're not done yet!

This legislative session, our funding requests are big and bold -- the largest funding request in the history of the university.  We are asking the state to invest heavily in FSU because we have a solid record of achievement with our current resources, and we have a comprehensive strategic plan for our future.  In short, we have a great story to tell.

Among these is the new five-year strategic plan that was recently approved by our Board of Trustees. "The Future is Florida State" outlines the university's vision and goals for the coming five years, highlights the entrepreneurial spirit that distinguishes FSU from other universities, and provides a framework for moving Florida State into the Top 25 of public universities.  I encourage you to take a look at our strategic plan.

Please know that Florida State is grateful to you for your voice, your advocacy and your loyalty to our university.  Most of all, thank you for caring enough to engage state lawmakers on Florida State's behalf and encouraging others to do so as well.


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John Thrasher

Office of Governmental Relations
2011 Westcott North
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1440

Telephone: 850-644-4453 or
FAX: 850-644-2888