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Finalist for FSU president, Michael Martin, won't make his Wednesday interview

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UPDATE 2:52 PM: Michael Martin, one of the finalists for the FSU presidency, was unable to make it to Tallahassee for his interview Wednesday because he had to have emergency surgery for a detached retina. No details yet about when his interview will be rescheduled or how it will affect the search timeline.

ORIGINAL POST: One of four finalists to become Florida State University's next president notified the school today that he is sick and unable to travel to Tallahassee for his interview on Wednesday.

Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System, is one of the favorites of FSU faculty although the vast majority of the schools' community has not had a chance to get to know him. Renisha Gibbs, vice chairman of the search committee, said Martin is still considered a candidate and any decision about rescheduling his interview will be made by this afternoon.

All four finalists were expected to participate in full-day interviews on campus this week. State Sen. John Thrasher was Monday, former West Virginia University provost Michele Wheatly is up today, Martin was to appear Wednesday and Richard Marchase, vice president for research and economic development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is coming on Friday.

The presidential search advisory committee is scheduled to meet Sept. 22 to review feedback from FSU faculty, staff, students and supporters. They must recommend at least three of the finalists to the school's Board of Trustees. Those finalists would interview with trustees on Sept. 23 and a final selection is expected to be made that day.

Martin's rescheduled interview could alter that schedule, though no decisions have not been made yet. 

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