John Thrasher among four candidates chosen as finalists for FSU job

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Four candidates are moving ahead in the search for a new president at Florida State University.

A FSU search committee on Tuesday voted to choose powerful politician John Thrasher as one of the candidates.

The other candidates include West Virginia University Provost Michele Wheatly, Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System and Richard Marchase, a vice president at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The committee debated, but ultimately decided against including FSU interim president Garnett Stokes on the list.

The search committee interviewed 11 candidates over the last two days before taking the vote.

FSU has been without a president since Eric Barron stepped down to take the top post at Penn State University.