President John Thrasher

State of the University: FSU builds on rising reputation as it looks to future

Florida State University demonstrated its enduring strength during a year of remarkable tragedy and triumph, according to President John Thrasher, who presented his annual State of the University address to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 5. While the university was profoundly affected by the impact of Hurricane Michael and a shooting at a local […]

FSU’s Garnet and Gold Scholar Society honors new inductees

Florida State University welcomed 59 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this fall. Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service. “We […]

FSU honors President and Dean Emeritus Sandy D’Alemberte

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University’s beloved and brilliant President and Dean Emeritus Sandy D’Alemberte feels like he’s back home. D’Alemberte, now 85 years old and still teaching law courses, greeted friends and colleagues with his signature bright smile and cheerful style at a ceremony Nov. 18, commemorating the relocation of the “D’Alemberte Statue” from […]

Helping the whole student: Health and Wellness Center dedicated in honor of longtime administrator Mary B. Coburn

The place where thousands of Florida State University students come to heal, recover and prosper now has a new name. FSU President John Thrasher and members from the Florida State community gathered for a dedication ceremony to formally establish The Mary B. Coburn Health and Wellness Center, Friday, Nov. 16. Thrasher opened the event with […]

FSU student, faculty remembered at candlelight vigil

Hundreds gathered at Florida State University Sunday evening to mourn the deaths of two university community members killed in a Tallahassee shooting two days earlier. FSU senior Maura Binkley, 21, and College of Medicine faculty member Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, died when a gunman opened fire at a Tallahassee yoga studio Friday, Nov. 2. […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: FSU plans campus vigil in wake of shooting

Dear FSU Community, My heart is filled with sadness following the horrific shooting that took place in Tallahassee on Friday. Although this shooting happened off campus, it has deeply touched the Florida State University family with two deaths and several injuries. To lose a faculty member and a student and have others injured in this […]

FSU Panama City students, faculty thrilled as campus reopens

Resilience, hope and excitement were on full display Monday morning as students returned to class at the FSU Panama City campus for the first time after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle earlier this month. They were beaming — even those who lost their homes — at the prospect of class and some return to […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue shooting

Dear FSU Community, I am deeply saddened — and deeply troubled — by this weekend’s shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue — the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. While we grieve for the victims and pray for their families, we need to speak out against this kind of hatred and violence that has […]

From politician to president: Annual Cresse Lecture features FSU President John Thrasher

Florida State University’s Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy featured FSU President John Thrasher at this year’s Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 25. The lecture series, in its 10th year, hosts distinguished speakers on a variety of topics that focus on ethics in government and honors the memory […]

FSU Panama City campus tentatively set to reopen Oct. 29

Florida State University tentatively plans to reopen its Panama City campus and resume face-to-face classes Monday, Oct. 29. “Reopening our campus is an important part of helping Panama City recover from Hurricane Michael,” said Randy Hanna, dean of FSU Panama City. “Great things were happening in Panama City before the storm, and Panama City will come back even […]

Florida State launches new Civil Rights Institute

Florida State University will launch its new Civil Rights Institute with an inaugural event on Thursday, Nov. 1, featuring acclaimed civil rights speaker Desmond Meade. The institute is an interdisciplinary endeavor created by the Office of the Provost, FSU Libraries, the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, the College of Social Sciences and Public […]

FSU Black Student Union family reunites at official ribbon cutting

Florida State University marked the opening of the university’s new Black Student Union building during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 19. The event welcomed students, alumni and friends to tour the 5,600-square-foot, fully furnished facility as a part of Homecoming Week. Maurice Wedderburn, president of the FSU Black Student Union, said the BSU is […]