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FSU Presidential Search nears an end

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  • CollegeInformedCollegeInformed Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Thrasher it is.... What a waste of FSU dollars to have a fake search when it was Thrasher all along....
  • PasbalPasbal Registered User Posts: 1,963 Senior Member
    edited September 2014
    No surprise here, sadly. Thrasher was the one that was going to get it in the first place, but at least we could save a little face by doing an actual search, right? This is just pathetic.
    Why do you think he'll run off faculty and staff?
    The Faculty Senate were one of the groups to really start pushing back against the original search that quickly appeared to be selecting Thrasher. I believe it was unanimously that they voted against him being the candidate.

    There's basically little support among those employed by the university and those that are paying the tuition and fees to attend the university for Thrasher. The student body and the faculty and staff are vehemently against Thrasher. A non-academic getting a job leading an academic institution over 3 candidates that have an academic background is just a farce.

    Not to mention, his interviews in Tallahassee were a joke. He continually side-stepped questions, almost never giving a straight answer to anything he was asked. You can tell he's a career politician just from those interviews.
  • Gator88NEGator88NE Registered User Posts: 5,415 Senior Member
    I didn't think Thrasher would get it....oh well...

    http://presidentialsearch.fsu.edu/

    On a side note, UF's eighth president was also a lawyer, well connected Alumni and past chairman of the Board of Regents. Marshall Criser was also very successful. Well see if President Thrasher follows a similar path.
    The Florida Board of Regents selected Criser to be the eighth president of the University of Florida in 1984. He was the University of Florida's second alumnus to serve as its president.His term as president is remembered for the enhancement of the university's instructional quality, the rapid rise of its admissions standards, the growth of its academic reputation, and its successful fund-raising among alumni and the business community. His administration successfully completed the process of the University of Florida's admission to the Association of American Universities (AAU), the leading association of North American research universities, in 1985, and forthrightly handled the football program's widespread violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules under coach Charley Pell that shocked the university community during the 1984–1985 academic year. As an experienced lawyer, he supervised the university's own investigation of its football program, disclosed the results to the NCAA, and implemented reforms to ensure the integrity of the university and future compliance with NCAA legislation. Criser was responsible for initiating the university's first comprehensive capital campaign in the fall of 1988. When completed three years later, in 1991, the capital campaign had raised more than $390 million for the university's endowment. At the time, the capital campaign realized the third-highest total of private donations ever raised by an American state university.

  • lizardlizard Registered User Posts: 3,410 Senior Member
    No surprise Thrasher getting this job.

    Thrasher being appointed FSU president is kinda like past UF president Stephen C. O'Connell. O'Connell like Thrasher was always very active in Florida politics and was a faithful alumnus of the institution he later served as president. Thrasher might surprise a lot of people and serve FSU well as its president.

    UF's present president, Bernie Machen, is a dentist.
  • PasbalPasbal Registered User Posts: 1,963 Senior Member
    Wasn't Machen also a professor? It's not much but at least he has some higher education experience on the other side of the coin than just being a student.
  • Gator88NEGator88NE Registered User Posts: 5,415 Senior Member
    He was president at the University of Utah. Before Utah, Machen was employed in various capacities as professor and administrator by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan.

    On the other hand, Thrasher was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2006 and Chair from 2001 to 2005. So he's very familiar with university governance.
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