President John Thrasher

Resilient FSU: University community finishes fall strong, looks forward to spring 

When the global COVID-19 pandemic forced universities across the country to pivot to remote instruction during the spring and summer semesters, the likelihood of resuming face-to-face classes seemed doubtful this fall.   Working with faculty, public health officials and government leaders, college and university administrators — including those at Florida State University — laid out detailed plans on how they would safely bring back students and faculty to campus.   […]

President Thrasher announces new staff appointments

Florida State University President John Thrasher announced key staff appointments during his report to the Board of Trustees Friday. Laurel Fulkerson will serve as interim vice president for Research, succeeding Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander, who has been in the position since 2011. Ostrander announced earlier this year his intention to step down […]

A message from President Thrasher: Thanksgiving Break

Dear FSU Family, As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to you — our students, faculty and staff — for your flexibility, your resilience and your dedication to Florida State University during these unusual times. After an increase of COVID-19 cases on campus in early September, FSU’s positivity rate has remained relatively […]

FSU hosts CDC Director Robert Redfield for COVID-19 roundtable discussion 

Florida State University welcomed Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield as well as state health officials to campus Monday for a roundtable discussion on the university’s response to COVID-19.   Redfield used the opportunity to deliver a clarion call: Keep wearing masks.  “Masks work,” Redfield said. “They save lives.”  FSU officials briefed Redfield, along with Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees and Deputy Secretary of Health Shamarial Roberson, on class delivery methods, the university’s COVID-19 testing operation and […]

Florida State University launches new nonpartisan Institute of Politics

Florida State University announced Thursday the launch of its new Institute of Politics (IOP@FSU), a nonpartisan, world-class home for civic engagement and research, which will showcase the role of politics in improving the lives of Americans. Housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the IOP@FSU will feature applied political research by a cadre of world-class scholars, curricular initiatives aimed at […]

Statement from Florida State University Re: President and Mrs. Thrasher

4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 Florida State University President John Thrasher and First Lady Jean Thrasher have tested positive for COVID-19. President Thrasher learned of his positive result at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after taking a PCR test earlier in the day. Mrs. Thrasher learned of her positive diagnosis late Monday night after a recent […]

FSU Board of Trustees approves Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Florida State University Board of Trustees Chair Ed Burr appointed a 15-member committee, as required by the Florida Board of Governors, to conduct a national search for the university’s 16th president during a special board meeting today via Zoom. Trustees unanimously affirmed Burr’s appointees. The selection of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee followed guidelines set […]

Florida State retains Top 20 status in U.S. News rankings, advances in several key metrics

Florida State University retained its place in the Top 20 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, while improving in several key measures considered in the publication’s methodology.  FSU is No. 19 on the list, marking the second consecutive year that the university placed in the Top 20. The rankings appear in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2021” guidebook.  “Our continued recognition as one of […]

FSU Board of Trustees to begin process for national presidential search

Florida State University President John Thrasher and Board of Trustees Chair Ed Burr today announced that due to the potential impact of COVID-19 on a national presidential search, the time is right to begin planning for FSU’s future. They shared the news at the conclusion of today’s meeting of the Board of Trustees. Burr said […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: Behavior That Threatens Campus Health and Safety

Dear FSU Students, Over the past few days I have learned of several reports of students holding house parties, participating in large gatherings, not wearing face coverings and not social distancing. I am deeply concerned with this sheer defiance to comply with the university’s guidelines and expectations set forth and communicated to you before the fall semester. On Sunday, FSU Police arrested and charged seven students for […]

FSU set to begin new academic year in the ‘new normal’

Florida State University will begin a new academic year Monday, Aug. 24, with many students returning to campus for the first time since March when the university transitioned to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. “While the past few months have been challenging, the new academic year always brings a sense of energy and […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: An Update on Antisemitism and Religious Discrimination

Dear FSU community, I am writing today to update you on our efforts to address concerns expressed by our Jewish community and others and to reaffirm that Antisemitism and religious discrimination have no home at Florida State University. As a minority group, the Jewish people have faced bias and discrimination and have been marginalized for […]