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FSU picks a new president today


The search that began in March and stalled over the summer because of the long shadow cast by a powerful state senator is expected to end today.

Florida State University will pick a new president this afternoon, and Sen. John Thrasher is among four finalists. Several members of the Board of Trustees who will make the final selection have supported Thrasher politically over the years.

All four finalists will interview with the board for about an hour today. Thrasher, former West Virginia University Provost Michele Wheatly and Richard Marchase, vice president of research and economic development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, are all in Tallahassee. Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System who is still recovering from surgery to repair a detached retina, will interview using videoconferencing.

Thrasher, a St. Augustine Republican, continues to draw the most attention. He enjoys support of members of Florida’s political and business community with FSU ties, but has faced strong opposition from students and faculty. His interview is up first.

The Board of Trustees meeting will begin no earlier than 2:15 p.m. and includes a public comment period before a selection is made.

Stay tuned to this developing story today.