Despite Past Talks Of Splitting FAMU-FSU Engineering, Things Appear To Be Going Well

Jun 22, 2017

Florida State University President John Thrasher speaking during Wednesday's Board of Governors meeting.
Credit Florida Channel

A few years ago, controversy surrounded the Florida A&M and Florida State Universities’ joint College of Engineering with talks of a possible split debated in the state legislature. But, the university presidents say now, things are going well with last year’s appointment of a new dean.

Between hiring a new dean and holding joint regularly scheduled meetings surrounding the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, FSU President John Thrasher says he and FAMU’s interim President Larry Robinson have come a long way.

“Perhaps, in terms of faculty, in terms of research, I think Dr. Robinson alluded to some of the companies that have come in that are hiring some of our students now,” said Thrasher. “We think we are making great progress.”

Still, Thrasher says they also have a long way to go.

“We need some infrastructure, and one of things the legislature provided us this year was $1 million of new money for operating expenses,” he added. “But, we have to get some new infrastructure for the Joint College of Engineering.”

And, he says that construction will be a focus heading into the next legislative session.

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