President John Thrasher

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 […]

Update from President Thrasher: How to help after the hurricane

Updated 10:30 a.m., Oct. 15, 2018 Dear FSU Community, As Florida State University’s campus in Tallahassee returns to normal business following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael, we hold in our thoughts and prayers our fellow Floridians and neighbors in Georgia who are suffering greatly and are in need. We know that some faculty, staff […]

Florida State completes first billion-dollar fundraising campaign in university history

Florida State University announced Friday that it has successfully completed the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history. Florida State launched Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State in July 2010 with a goal of raising $1 billion. FSU reached and exceeded that lofty goal with $1,158,665,865 in gifts and pledges received from donors […]

Florida State welcomes president of Botswana for official visit

Florida State University welcomed His Excellency President Mokgweetsi Masisi of the Republic of Botswana for an official visit Thursday, where he was greeted by President John Thrasher while the Marching Chiefs played “Seminole Uprising” and Botswana’s national anthem on the steps of Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. President Masisi, who earned a master’s degree in social […]

Florida State claims top national diversity award for third consecutive year

For a third consecutive year, Florida State University has been recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as a “Diversity Champion” in higher education. FSU is one of 13 colleges and universities nationwide that received the award from the magazine, which is the nation’s largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. “At Florida […]

FSU welcomes the Class of 2022 at New Student Convocation

Members of the Florida State University Class of 2022 were welcomed, challenged, inspired and introduced to university traditions during New Student Convocation Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Mark Riley, dean of the FSU Graduate School and 2014-2015 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, gave the keynote address to thousands of freshmen at […]

David Coburn appointed interim athletics director

President John Thrasher announced today that Chief of Staff David Coburn will serve as interim athletics director at Florida State University while a search is under way to replace outgoing Athletics Director Stan Wilcox. Wilcox, who has held the post since 2013, announced this week he is leaving FSU to take an executive position with […]

New students, faculty look to continue Florida State’s upward trajectory

Florida State University will welcome about 42,000 students back to campus, along with 240 new faculty, as classes begin for the 2018-2019 academic year Monday, Aug. 27. The incoming freshman class of about 6,400 students is expected to be one of the most academically talented cohorts in FSU history. “We’re thrilled to welcome an exceptional […]

FSU summer graduates learn lessons on hard work, success and family

Hundreds of Florida State University students stepped across the stage Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, to accept hard-earned degrees during two jubilant summer commencement ceremonies that paved the way to new adventures for each graduate. President John Thrasher presided over both ceremonies — the first time in school history FSU has held two summer […]

FSU Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions forwards recommendations concerning Eppes and Roberts

Florida State University President John Thrasher today received recommendations and findings concerning the names of Francis Eppes and B.K. Roberts from the President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions. “I want to thank the members of the panel for their time and efforts on these matters,” Thrasher said. “Their work is important to the […]

Archaeologists investigate history of Mission San Luis

Back in a corner of the grounds of a 17th century Spanish mission, FSU students and their professor have been spending a lot of time digging in the dirt. The site is Mission San Luis and the students and their professor are working on the first archaeological dig in 10 years at the living history museum […]