A message from President John Thrasher

As I take the helm of my alma mater, I could not be more proud of Florida State University or more excited about its future.

I eagerly look forward to working with our distinguished faculty, incredibly talented students and creative staff to lead this prestigious institution to even higher levels of quality and renown.

My top priorities will be promoting our $1 billion fundraising campaign, “Raise the Torch”; ensuring that the university is successful in the upcoming legislative session and continues to receive preeminence funding based on its excellent performance; increasing faculty salaries; making targeted investments toward becoming a Top 25-ranked institution; and addressing concerns related to Title IX.

Florida State holds a special place in our hearts because it is unique — well balanced with stunning achievements in both the arts and the sciences, offering the opportunities available at an elite research university but with the personal attention of a much smaller school, a fantastic location in the capital city, a service learning program that is the envy of the nation, championship athletics and so much more.

We already know this is one of the finest universities in the country and, indeed, the world. Working together, we will make sure everyone knows. We will take Florida State to new heights and ensure our graduates have the academic experience of their dreams and the leadership skills they need to change the world.

President John Thrasher