FSU Trustees Approve Raise, Bonus For Thrasher; Faculty Oppose Campus Guns

Oct 9, 2015

Credit tallahassee.com

Florida State University’s President is getting both a bonus and a pay raise this year.  Trustees gave John Thrasher high marks for his first year as president.

FSU Trustees say Thrasher has performed well when it comes to fundraising, interacting with the media, and relationships with faculty and staff. They also praise his handling of the shooting by the University Library, which left two students injured—one critically. But most of all, Trustee Joe Camps says Thrasher has proven naysayers wrong:

“I’ve heard nothing but accolades about his leadership, his passion, the way he deals with students, the business community the faculty. He promised the raises, and that got done," he said.

Thrasher salary is $430,000. He’ll get a 10-percent base salary increase, and a $90,000 bonus.

Meanwhile, as Florida lawmakers  revivea debate on whether to allow students to carry guns on public university campuses,  several universities and many faculty and staff members say it’s a bad idea. Florida State University’s Todd Adams says faculty across the state are passing resolutions in opposition to campus carry.

“The FSU Faculty Senate Recently passed a resolution opposing legalizing guns on campus, and the advisory council on faculty senates, which represents all the faculty senates in the SUS [state university system] also passed a similar resolution last week," he told trustees.

Thrasher is also opposed to campus guns. The fight over guns on campuses comes amid several high-profile shootings at colleges, including the most recent ones in Arizona and Oregon. A recent survey from Neilsen and the University of South Florida shows 73 percent of those polled say guns on campuses is a bad idea.