University News

David Coburn appointed athletics director

President John Thrasher announced today he has appointed David Coburn athletics director at Florida State University effective immediately. Coburn has held the post of interim athletics director since August 2018 when Thrasher appointed him to replace outgoing director Stan Wilcox. In his nine months as interim head of Athletics, Coburn applied his almost 40 years […]

New FSU Climate Change Collaboration encourages interdisciplinary study

Four professors from Florida State University teamed up for a collaborative effort aimed at improving public understanding of the impact climate change is having on Florida. The effort is called the Florida Climate Change Collaboration and involved more than 100 students. They showcased their work last month at the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee’s Railroad Square […]

Innovative social work and criminal justice research center finds a home at FSU

The Florida State University College of Social Work celebrated its new research entity, the Institute for Justice Research and Development at the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center Thursday, April 18. More than 100 people gathered to learn about the newest multidisciplinary research institute to find a home at FSU. The institute’s mission […]

FSU Panama City graduates celebrate with hope and resilience

Seven months ago, students at Florida State University Panama City had more than homework and exams on their minds as Hurricane Michael barreled down on the region. The Category 5 storm forever changed the Panhandle and the lives of its residents. Michael devastated the region, killing more than 40 people and producing 15 million cubic […]

Graduates celebrate achievements, mark historic firsts during FSU spring commencement

Florida State University graduates celebrated important milestones and reflected on moments of triumph and tragedy during four spring commencement ceremonies over the weekend. More than 6,500 students graduated this spring with over 5,500 graduates participating in the ceremonies held Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. FSU President […]

McRorie leads Florida State to unprecedented success

When Sally McRorie talks about how a college education can change someone’s life, it’s not empty rhetoric — it’s based on firsthand experience. Her experience as a first-generation college student inspires McRorie in almost every decision she makes as Florida State University’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “A college education changed my life […]

FSU Panama City donors endow scholarship in honor of President John Thrasher

More than 100 FSU Panama City alumni and friends met Wednesday to recognize FSU President John Thrasher for his dedication to the campus and the community, surprising him with a scholarship in his honor for local students. In all, 15 donors raised $25,000 to establish the John E. Thrasher Endowed Scholarship at FSU Panama City, […]

Percussion professor lauded with Florida State’s Distinguished Teacher Award

John W. Parks IV received Florida State University’s 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award during the annual Faculty Awards Dinner April 30. The Distinguished Teacher Award, the university’s most prestigious honor for teaching, includes a $7,500 stipend funded by FSU. Parks joined the College of Music faculty as assistant professor of percussion in 2003 and was promoted […]

FSU’s Garnet and Gold Scholar Society honors more than 300 new inductees

Florida State University welcomed 314 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society during a special ceremony on Thursday, April 25. Since 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society has encouraged student involvement and recognized undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, […]

FSU’s spring commencement ceremonies set for May 3, 4

Three highly successful graduates of Florida State University will be the featured speakers at FSU’s four spring commencement ceremonies. John Dailey, mayor of Tallahassee, will be the keynote speaker at 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. Later that evening, John W. Thiel, a business consultant […]

FSU student receives prestigious philosophy award

Florida State University doctoral student Marshall Thompson has won the Marc Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion for his essay on the value of virtues, such as courage, in heaven. Thompson’s essay, “And All Shall Be Changed: Virtue in the New Creation,” was selected from more than 50 entries. He will receive a $10,000 award […]

How case analysis helps FSU business students solve real-world problems, hone career skills

The ability to extract data and analyze information critically, solve a current business problem or grow an existing business is crucial for business students. That’s why Florida State University works to ensure students develop the creative reasoning skills integral to their business success and career growth. Tim Kinney, an associate lecturer in the College of […]