President John Thrasher

Message from President John Thrasher: Remembering Parkland shooting

Dear FSU Community, One year ago today, a senseless act of gun violence occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Many in our Florida State family were — and still are — affected by this horrific event. We have hundreds of alumni and 240 current students who graduated from Stoneman Douglas — 47 […]

T.K. Wetherell, FSU President Emeritus

From college freshmen to the most powerful politicians in Florida, all called him simply “T.K.” Florida State University President Emeritus Thomas Kent Wetherell, who passed away Dec. 16 at the age of 72, leaves a legacy as one of higher education’s most dynamic and lifelong champions. At the helm of his alma mater from 2003 […]

Fall commencement speakers encourage graduates to appreciate their journeys, embrace the future

MORE: Photo Gallery | FSU doctoral graduate overcomes odds with perseverance, power of higher education A short and sweet pep talk from Lonni Alameda, Florida State University’s national champion softball coach, headlined Saturday’s fall commencement ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 15. “In our athletic world it would be good morning #Tribe18,” Alameda said. “Today’s an amazing day for you […]

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 […]