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Florida Board of Governors Meets This Week to Decide Thrasher's Fate at FSU

Senator John Thrasher
Posted at 4:46 PM, Nov 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-05 13:01:56-05

BOCA RATON, Fla. (WTXL)-- Senator John Thrasher was re-elected to Florida's District 6 last night, just one day before he is expected to be pushed forward as Florida State's new president.

The Board of Governors, who will decide whether to approve Thrasher's appointment as President, opened their meeting in Boca Raton today.

The Board has never rejected a selection made by a university board.

Thrasher's selection by the school's Board of Trustees has been met with disappointment from students, who have been protesting his consideration for the position since he was named as a candidate.

Earlier this week, student groups gathered on the FSU campus to ask the Board of Governors to reject Thrasher's appointment. 

 If the board of governors does approve him for the position, Thrasher says he will step down from his senate seat.      

In a statement released last night after his win, he shared his plans to help fill his empty seat if that happens, saying "I am committed to helping our district and republican party find a candidate who is uniquely qualified to serve the people of northeast Florida."    

The Board of Governors will also be tasked with deciding if the University of Florida's selection for president, Kent Fuchs, will be approved.