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Florida State's new president could be named as early as Tuesday

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Posted at 8:41 AM, Sep 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-28 17:34:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Florida State University's Board of Trustees are spending Tuesday morning interviewing four finalists nominated to become the school's new president.

The Board of Trustees is expected to announce their final selection during their afternoon meeting, scheduled to begin around 2:15 p.m.

Here is the schedule for the morning interviews with the Board of Trustees:

8 a.m. - 9: 15 a.m. John Thrasher Cover Letter Survey Response

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Michele Wheatly Cover Letter Survey Response

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Michael Martin Cover Letter

Survey Response

12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. Richard Marchase Cover Letter Survey Response

The process to find a new president has been anything but smooth. A number of Florida State University students and faculty members have been vocal about their opposition to the nomination of Republican State Senator John Thrasher as a candidate. Thrasher, during the previous Legislative session, proposed a funding measure that would split the current FSU-FAMU College of Engineering.

Thrasher has also been criticized for his lack of academic experience. He is, however, a front runner for the job against candidates with academic experience from Colorado, Alabama and West Virginia.

Previous president, Dr. Eric Barron, left Florida State University earlier this year to take the top job at Pennsylvania State University.