The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 24th, 2014
Florida State University’s Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly on
Tuesday to name John E. Thrasher, a powerful longtime state lawmaker, as
their institution’s next president, defying faculty members and
students who had favored other candidates with more-traditional academic
backgrounds and who denounced the selection process as tainted by
Some board members, in voicing support at their meeting for Mr.
Thrasher, a Republican state senator who was the board’s chairman 10
years ago, expressed hope that he would be able to use his political
skills to mend the campus’s divisions over his selection. One such
trustee, Joseph Gruters, predicted that Mr. Thrasher would win over
faculty members by securing additional state funds to raise their
salaries. That way, he said, "everyone will be happy."