Thrasher moves on in bid for FSU president job; Stokes does not

Senator John Thrasher
Posted at 2:41 PM, Sep 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-23 13:32:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Florida State University interim president Dr. Garnett Stokes will not be getting the job full-time.

Stokes was passed up as a finalist in the search process to find a new president.

Among the four finalists picked to move on to the next round of interviews is Republican state Senator John Thrasher. He has been the source of protest by students and faculty. Among the issues they raised is Thrasher's previous attempts during the last Legislative session to split the FSU-FAMU College of Engineering.

Students and faculty have also been protesting, saying they have not had a large enough voice and role in the process of selecting a new president.

In addition to Thrasher, the FSU Presidential Search Committee also selected three others to take part in on campus interviews:

  • Michael Martin, chancellor, Colorado State University system
  • Michele Wheatly, former provost, West Virginia
  • Richard Marchase, vice president of research, University of Alabama-Birmingham

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) - Interviews continued Tuesday in the search for a new president at Florida State University.

Six candidates were interviewed Monday. Among the interviewees Tuesday included Interim FSU President Doctor Garnett Stokes, Michele Wheatly, Murray Gibson, Richard Marchase and republican State Senator John Thrasher. Thrasher’s nomination has clouded much of the process, sparking protests among students and faculty members. Each interview is scheduled for about 70 minutes and all are open to the public.

The presidential search committee will present their three finalists to the university board of trustees by September 22nd.