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FSU to begin search for President John Thrasher's replacement

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 12:50:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The search for a new president at Florida State University will be underway in the coming weeks.

President John Thrasher and Board of Trustees Chair Ed Burr announced Friday that the Board of Trustees will begin the search to find a new president to lead the Seminoles.

Due to the potential impact of COVID-19 on a national presidential search, they say the time is right to begin planning for FSU’s future.

There are no plans to name an interim president and Thrasher will remain in office until a new president can take the helm.

“These are unusual times,” Burr said. “It is incumbent on this board to ensure a smooth transition.”

Thrasher, an FSU grad who has served as president since November 2014, said he is looking toward a future where he can focus on his family and pursue other interests.

“These past six years have been the most energizing and rewarding of my professional life,” he said. “Knowing what my Florida State degrees have done for me, I have long believed in the transformative power of higher education. So, it has been an honor and a privilege for Jean and me to contribute to this institution that has changed so many lives.”

A special board meeting will be scheduled in the coming weeks to discuss the establishment of a presidential search committee as well as the search process, Burr said.

In the meantime, Thrasher said Friday that he is committed to continuing to work on the university's goals and objectives.

“We still have work to do,” he said. “I assure you that I will continue to work tirelessly with our leadership team to continue FSU’s positive momentum.”