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Florida State University President John Thrasher is weighing in on President Trump’s decision to end a program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as kids from deportation.

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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.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher says he’s feeling optimistic the state's two legislative chambers can reach a budget deal favorable to universities. That’s because lawmakers are choosing to go with the Senate’s proposal to invest more money into higher education, rather than the House’s plan for cuts.

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A gun-related bill cleared its first committee Tuesday.

The guns-on-campus debate is back. Two Republican conservatives are reviving controversial legislation that died last year.

Representative Greg Steube of Sarasota describes himself as a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights. He says college students have as much a need to defend themselves as anyone else.

“Just because you walk onto a college campus I don’t think that that should be any different than walking in any other place in our community.”

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Florida State University President John Thrasher says he fully supports the dismissal of the college football player, charged with punching a woman at a bar.

A bill allowing people to carry guns on college campuses, gun safety, and mental illness are just some of the topics that sparked heated discussion during a Tallahassee forum.

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The two criminal justice panels of the Florida Legislature are slated to meet Tuesday to take up a number of issues from the state’s troubled prison agency to a gun bill allowing guns on campus.

Newly appointed Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julies Jones is expected to brief the Senate Criminal Justice Committee members about areas where the department is lacking and trying to improve.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher said Monday that campus shooting victim Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed should be ready to return to classes in February or early March.

Administrators are doing everything they can to ease his transition, Thrasher told the FSU board of trustees on Monday.

“We’re working on ways in which we can accommodate him in terms of his transportation, in terms of his place to stay on campus, doing something for his mother who plans to be here with him for a while and certainly some other things involving fundraising,” Thrasher said.

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Florida State University officials say they’re pushing back against recent bashing in the national media. Top administrators are developing a strategic marketing campaign to polish the school’s image.

Board of Trustees Chairman Allan Bense said he’s ready to send fellow trustees, armed with positive talking points, on speaking tours to spread the good news.

“I think it’s time for us to tell the world about how great FSU is. We’ve taken a few shots. I get it. I understand that," Bense said.

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Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But they've also led to a renewed focus on personal protection with increased gun sales and a legislative proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher says his position has not changed since the recent filing of a bill allowing people to open carry on public college and university campuses. It’s the same bill Thrasher helped defeat in 2011 when he was a state senator.

In 2011, the testimony of Dr. Robert Cowie, a friend of Thrasher, also helped derail the bill. Just weeks before, Cowie’s daughter, FSU Student Ashley, had been accidentally shot by a rifle and killed at a frat house.

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After a shooting at Florida State University’s main library last week, students and fans braved the rain at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday to see their Seminoles play Boston College.  The home team won, but it seemed the outcome was less important than the return to normalcy it represented.

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Florida State University students are back in class after a shooting at the campus library injured three people. The tragedy has raised the same question asked after any school shooting – how could this happen? But  at Florida State, It’s also raised a stronger feeling of community and support. 

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The Associated Press is reporting the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University Thursday before he was killed may have been a lawyer who graduated from the school.

As the investigation continues, Governor Rick Scott says he expects many unanswered questions will be answered. For now, Scott asked the nation to “Pray for FSU.”

“I can’t imagine the concern that parents have right now all across our nation that have a student here at FSU,” said Scott, at a press conference Thursday.

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Former State Senator John Thrasher assumed his new role as President of Florida State University this week.  Thrasher says running a university is far different from running the legislature, and all of his actions are being scrutinized.

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WFSU’s, “It’s About Florida” returns November 20. Our Guest: new FSU President John Thrasher. Host: Lynn Hatter

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In one of his first duties as Florida State University’s President, John Thrasher appeared before the Florida Cabinet Wednesday.  The Cabinet approved a land swap to build a new business and hospitality school.

Thrasher is pushing a plan for FSU to acquire a parcel of land next to the Tallahassee Civic Center in exchange for a handful of other lots and nearly a million dollars in cash.  On the undeveloped plot of land known as the O’Connell property, FSU plans to build a new College of Business.  Thrasher says much of the funding will be private.

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Florida’s system oversight board has confirmed state Senator John Thrasher as Florida State University’s new president. But his appointment to head the second-largest public university in Florida still isn’t without controversy.

About 50 students are standing on the steps of the Westcott Building, protesting among other things,  John Thrasher’s confirmation as FSU’s new President.

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Florida State University trustees have signed off on a $430,ooo a year five-year contract for incoming president, John Thrasher.

Thrasher will live in the president’s house. FSU will either provide a car, or if Thrasher chooses to drive his own he will get a $900 a month car allowance. The proposal is a five year contract, but Thrasher the ability to get bonuses based on his performance. Trustees have not announced how those bonuses will be decided.  

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Florida State University is expected to pay its incoming President John Thrasher $430,000 a year. A draft of the proposed contract has Thrasher starting his new job November 10.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a conference call to talk about the proposed employment contract with state Senator John Thrasher. He’s expected to be reelected. He says he will step down after the election as long as the university system governing board approves his appointment to the FSU job.

Florida State University’s Faculty Senate is officially opposing Republican State Senator John Thrasher’s bid to be the school’s new president.

The Faculty Senate represents FSU’s nearly 2,000 teachers. Wednesday, in a 2-to-1 vote, it approved a resolution urging the university’s presidential search committee and board of trustees not to recommend Thrasher for the job. Throughout the search process, faculty and students have said Thrasher lacks the academic qualifications listed in the job description.

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Florida State University’s presidential search committee will meet Friday to whittle down a list of candidates for the school’s top job. Nearly 40 names includes the school’s interim president, who is looking to make her post permanent.

Florida State University’s former President Eric Barron recruited Stokes. She served as provost and when Barron left earlier this year to head Penn State University, Stokes took over as interim president. She says others encouraged her to apply for the job before she made the decision to jump into the fray.

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Faculty and students gave input this week on FSU’s presidential search. New consultant Alberto Pimentel, a partner with the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, met with them after faculty voted no confidence in the previous one.

Pimentel used Tuesday and Wednesday’s open forums to assure FSU staff that the recruiting process would be open and transparent. According to him, few of the presidential candidates moving forward will have backgrounds outside of academia.

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The Florida State University Faculty Senate declared "no confidence" in FSU Presidential Search Advisory committee consultant Bill Funk at its meeting Wednesday night. The Senate believes strong academic leadership and credentials are key qualities for a president who will push FSU into the top 25 public universities – qualities they believe Funk deems less important than FSU loyalty.

FSU Faculty Senator Michael Buchler says he believes Funk doesn’t have the presidential search committee’s best interests in mind.

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