John Thrasher’s name missing on lackluster FSU president candidate list

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Of the fourteen names on the recently published list of candidates applying for the open Florida State University presidency position, one name is noticeably absent — state Sen. John Thrasher.

Although FSU search consultant Bill Funk told the board the St. Augustine Republican was nominated several times, only one nomination letter, from former FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte, has been made public.

Thrasher said he would be submitting his resume during his interview on June 11, reports Lynn Hatter of WFSU.

In the fourteen other applications for the job, a few contain cover letter typos, and at least one individual appears to have applied for two separate positions at FSU.

Among those applying are high-level administrators from schools such as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of North Texas. Another is employed at Oakridge National Laboratory—a gigantic research and development facility operated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda also applied, highlighting her legislative experience and service as an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College, which included creating curriculum and course guides for classes at both TCC and FSU.


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