John Thrasher ready to set goals in June FSU interview

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As controversy surrounds state Sen. John Thrasher’s candidacy to become the next of Florida State University president, the St. Augustine Republican says he will be prepared for next month’s interview with plans for the university’s future.

In an interview with WFSU-FM, Thrasher said:

“Look, I’m going to show up, and I’m going to provide, before the interview, a resume and a letter kind of outlining somewhat I think are short-term as well as long-term goals for the university and be prepared to answer questions that are asked (of) me at that process.”

Last week, the university’s presidential search committee took an unconventional step by deciding to interview Thrasher on June 11, prior to considering any other candidate.

According to the FSU search consultant, Thrasher’s interest in the position prevents qualified candidates from applying for the job. Opposing the search committee’s decision were faculty and students, pointing to his political contacts.

Former President Eric Barron stepped down to head Penn State University, leaving the FSU position open.

An influential figure in state Republican politics, Thrasher served as House speaker from 1998 to 2000 and later as chair of the Republican Party of Florida. He currently chairs Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election effort.

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