President John Thrasher

FSU boasts best four-year graduation rate in Florida

Florida State University now has the best four-year graduation rate of any public university in Florida, according to the latest data reported in the State University System’s 2018 Accountability Plan. The university’s four-year graduation rate is 68.4 percent, nearly three points higher than the previous year’s cohort, placing FSU first among all State University System […]

Health and Wellness Center named for longtime administrator Mary B. Coburn

The Florida State University Health and Wellness Center has a new name after the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the facility after former Vice President for Student Affairs Mary B. Coburn. FSU President John Thrasher presented the recommendation to the board at its meeting Friday, June 8. “Mary was one of the rocks […]

New graduates express gratitude, savor success at spring commencement

Photo Gallery Florida State University made history this weekend by hosting four spring commencement ceremonies for the first time, offering graduates a chance to celebrate years of hard work and savor a sweet moment of success. More than 6,400 students graduated this spring with over 5,400 graduates participating in the ceremonies held Friday, May 4, […]

Power of WE: An unlikely friendship forges positive change on campus

Florida State University President John Thrasher and graduating senior Inam Sakinah are not a pair one would typically expect to be working together to catalyze change on campus. But since meeting in 2014 during the president’s visit to one of FSU’s neurology labs, the two have formed a strong bond despite their differences in age, […]

Gratitude and inspiration soar at FSU’s new Jim Moran Building

The optimistic, enthusiastic spirit of entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Moran was alive and well at a ribbon cutting for Florida State University’s new entrepreneurship-focused Jim Moran Building, and so were his words. Moran famously once said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it.” FSU is preparing an exciting new entrepreneurial future for students […]

Florida State adds fourth ceremony for spring commencement

Florida State University will hold four spring commencement ceremonies for the first time in its history in an effort to accommodate increasing participation by graduates and their families in recent years. The two ceremonies on Friday, May 4, will feature Florida State alumni Julie Dunn Eichenberg, an executive at Turner Content Distribution, and John Rivers, […]

FSU College of Social Work celebrates 100 years of scholarship and service

“100 years!!” That continuous refrain echoed through the Champions Club Ballroom as Florida State University social work faculty member Pam MacDill outlined highlights of the 100-year history of the College of Social Work’s celebratory gala on April 7. “100 years,” the crowd shouted. “Of innovation,” MacDill continued. “We started the first online MSW program in […]

Pioneering business administration professor named 2018-2019 Robert O. Lawton distinguished professor

Pamela L. Perrewé, professor of business administration in the Department of Management, has been named Florida State University’s 2018-2019 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. It’s the highest honor given by FSU faculty members to one of their own. “I am so proud and excited because this award is very meaningful personally,” said Perrewé, the Haywood […]

President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions announces dates for Town Hall forums

The Florida State University President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions announced a series of Town Hall forums to hear public feedback, specifically with regard to B.K. Roberts Hall, Francis Eppes Hall and the Francis Eppes statue. Last fall, President John Thrasher announced the creation of the President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions.  […]

Florida Times-Union: Thrasher acts boldly on Greek Life

By Times-Union Editorial Board Originally published Feb. 5, 2018. Reprinted with permission of the Florida Times-Union. In an era of rapid change, strong leadership is needed more than ever. So John Thrasher, president of Florida State University, deserves cheers for acting aggressively to make the FSU campus safe. He instituted an interim suspension of Greek Life […]

FSU unveils memorial in honor of U.S. Navy hero Scott Speicher

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The spirit of Scott Speicher, an FSU alumnus celebrated as a true American hero, is alive and well on the campus of Florida State University. FSU President John Thrasher joined members of Speicher’s family Friday to unveil a new memorial honoring the U.S. Navy pilot whose fighter jet was shot down on […]

FSU announces reforms for Greek Life

University Institutes New Policies and Procedures to Ensure Student Safety Florida State University President John Thrasher announced today that significant policy changes designed to create a healthier campus community and produce safer, more responsible student behavior will begin immediately. Thrasher instituted an interim suspension of Greek Life activities on Nov. 6, 2017, after the death […]