39 apply to be FSU’s new president, Garnett Stokes submits application

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Fourteen additional candidates, including interim President Garnett Stokes have been added to the pool of candidates to be Florida State University CEO.  Officials updated this morning the list of candidates at the university’s presidential search website. Application deadline was midnight last night, a check of the website at 6:30 a.m. showed 27 candidates, up from 25 Tuesday night. The  updated list now includes 39 candidates.

Stokes has served as interim president since February when Eric Barron resigned to accept the president’s position at Penn State University.

“I have pushed forward an aggressive agenda for transforming the undergraduate experience, building the ranks of tenured and tenure-track faculty, investing in STEM, promoting the arts and humanities, supporting the entrepreneurial university and student career success, insuring integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness in our everyday activities and more recently planning for the “Arena District” and tackling the problem of sexual violence and assault on college campuses,” Stokes wrote in a cover letter to the search committee.

Until now, the two names that have drawn the most attention have been those of state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, who is running for reelection and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston.

Among the 14 candidates who applied overnight  are  Daniel Mark Fogel, former President of the University of Vermont,; Michael V. Martin,  chancellor of the Colorado State University System ;  Michal D. Amiridis, the University of South Carolina’s provost; and Michele G. Wheatly,  the West Virginia University Vice President Academic Affairs.

A presidential search began in February when Eric Barron stepped down to accept the president’s job at Penn State.

The applicant pool also includes state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, who cited an ability to connect people and “dots” in a cover letter, Dr. Harold K. McGinnis, who earned his doctorate in public administration at FSU and Javaid R. Laghari, former chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

The presidential search advisory committee will meet Friday to review the applications and select finalists to interview next week. The search committee then intends to recommend at least three finalists to the board of trustees on Sept. 22. The trustees meet Sept. 23 and could hire the next president then.

The search to replace Barron became politicized once Thrasher expressed an interest in the job.

The company hired to identify candidates for the job advised said quality candidates may hesitate to apply if it  a powerful politician was in the mix. Thrasher is a former Speaker of the Florida House, chairs the Senate Rules Committee and has his name on the university’s medical school.

Professor and students protested Thrasher’s candidacy saying he lacked academic credentials. The two groups have seven seats on the 27-member committee which will pick the next president.