President John Thrasher

Florida Times-Union: Thrasher acts boldly on Greek Life

By Times-Union Editorial Board Originally published Feb. 5, 2018. Reprinted with permission of the Florida Times-Union. In an era of rapid change, strong leadership is needed more than ever. So John Thrasher, president of Florida State University, deserves cheers for acting aggressively to make the FSU campus safe. He instituted an interim suspension of Greek Life […]

FSU unveils memorial in honor of U.S. Navy hero Scott Speicher

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The spirit of Scott Speicher, an FSU alumnus celebrated as a true American hero, is alive and well on the campus of Florida State University. FSU President John Thrasher joined members of Speicher’s family Friday to unveil a new memorial honoring the U.S. Navy pilot whose fighter jet was shot down on […]

FSU announces reforms for Greek Life

University Institutes New Policies and Procedures to Ensure Student Safety Florida State University President John Thrasher announced today that significant policy changes designed to create a healthier campus community and produce safer, more responsible student behavior will begin immediately. Thrasher instituted an interim suspension of Greek Life activities on Nov. 6, 2017, after the death […]

Commencement speakers urge graduates to be good stewards of the Earth, to embrace change

Jeff Chanton, professor of oceanography, hired hundreds of Florida State University graduates for a job he said would provide lifetime benefits, even if it is unpaid. The job? To be good stewards of the earth. “Today, we are crowding other species off the planet,” he said. Chanton spoke to graduates during the first of two fall commencement ceremonies […]

A year to remember: Florida State achieves new heights in 2017

Florida State University enjoyed unprecedented success in 2017, continuing to build on the positive momentum of recent accomplishments. The university climbed five places for the second consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, brought in a record amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health and won national awards for its campus diversity […]

Florida State again one of the nation’s most efficient universities

For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State University is among the most efficient of the nation’s highest ranked universities, according to a new list by U.S. News & World Report. The list is based on the operating efficiency of the schools in the top half of U.S. News’ 2018 Best Colleges rankings. Florida State is […]

President Thrasher says Top 25 goals are within reach

After a year of unprecedented success, President John Thrasher urged the Florida State University community to continue moving forward as it looks toward the future. Thrasher delivered his annual State of the University address to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 6, just hours after introducing Willie Taggart as the Seminoles’ new football coach. Taggart […]

Thrasher inducted into Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Florida State University President John Thrasher was one of 20 individuals inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Monday night. Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs in honoring the inductees to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame, which […]

FSU hosts Homecoming preview of new Black Student Union

Students, alumni and friends got a sneak peek of Florida State University’s new Black Student Union, described as a home away from home and a place for multicultural fellowship and education, during a Homecoming preview event at the facility Friday, Nov. 17. Coinciding with this year’s Homecoming theme, “Spirit of Unity,” many expressed their desire […]

FSU presented national award for campus internationalization

Florida State University’s President John Thrasher accepted the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, which is given annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, at a reception to celebrate International Education Week Tuesday in Washington, D.C. In April, Florida State was one of only four institutions to be selected for the 2017 Simon […]

Campus namings panel to hold meeting Nov. 20

The Florida State University President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions will meet Monday, Nov. 20. The meeting will take place e at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, room 103. The 15-member panel of university students, faculty, staff and alumni will examine and review current […]

FSU announces indefinite suspension of Greek activities

Florida State University President John Thrasher announced today he is imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities at FSU effective immediately. The action follows the death three days ago of Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, who was found unresponsive after attending a party, and the arrest today in an […]