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For the past several years, Florida’s public colleges and universities have sought to shield high-level position searches from the state’s sunshine law. The measure has repeatedly been swatted down, but its effort is back again.

The sun would no longer come out when it comes to identifying university and college president and provost candidates. At least that’s the point of a public-record exemption moving in the Legislature.

A proposal that would partially shield some public university executive searches has stalled for the second time in the Senate. The second delay for the bill could mean trouble.

LHatter / WFSU News

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.

University of Florida

The University of Florida has chosen a new president.

Cornell University Provost Dr. Kent Fuchs, pronounced "fox" will become the 12th president of UF. He will start his new job  New Year's Day, if he is approved by the state university system governing board, the Florida Board of Governors. The BOG will meet Nov. 5 and 6th where it's also expected to take up the ratification of FSU's new president, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine).

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 search for a new leader is reaching its midpoint. The Presidential search committee has selected nearly a dozen finalists to interview for the job,  including­­­­­­­­­­­­­ current FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes and Florida State Senator John Thrasher. But  before any finalists were named, the committee had to take a break due to student protests.

When Florida State University started its search for a new president in February, search committee chairman Ed Burr promised an open, transparent process.

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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.

Ed Burr
Florida State University

Midnight is the deadline for applications to be Florida State University’s president. The closing date was pushed back amidst outcry from student and faculty groups. Now, the same groups want another reset of the search process.

Alberto Pimentel
Matthew Stolpe / WFSU News

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.

FSU Presidential Search Committee Approves New Timeline

Jun 20, 2014
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The Florida State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee is taking steps to refine its search process. The committee held its first meeting Friday with new search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

Students attending Wednesday's presidential search committee meeting.
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It’s no secret Florida State University’s presidential search has put a bitter taste in the mouths of many students, faculty, and alumni.   Several of these stakeholders made their voices heard at Wednesday’s presidential search committee meeting.

Some, like FSU student John Emanuello, followed the procedures, using the public comment time to call for a reset in the presidential search.

“Now’s the time to take a step back and revaluate and reassess how the search has gone and where it should go in the future,” Emanuello says.

Florida State University’s presidential search committee is hiring a new firm to find a leader for the school. The move comes after the presidential search consultant quit amid accusations from students and faculty that the process had been rigged.

Bill Funk resigned as FSU’s search consultant Monday, even after Ed Burr, chairman of the university’s search committee says he tried to get Funk to stay. The search committee will now hire a new firm to lead its presidential search in a move Burr calls a compromise with the faculty and students who have opposed the process:

FSU Presidential Search Consultant Resigns

Jun 9, 2014

Bill Funk, the consultant hired to head the search for Florida State University's next president, has resigned, according to FSU spokespeople. 

Ed Burr, chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, released this statement Monday afternoon:

Florida State University

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.

As Florida State University continues its search for a new president many faculty and observers are crying foul over the process.

Faculty union president  Jennifer Proffitt says the search committee agreed on getting a president with strong academic credentials, but it is not panning out that way.

“Search committees/search firms set deadlines so that people know when they can apply by and that wasn’t done. And the criteria the search committee voted on in April wasn’t followed and that’s the big concern by the faculty," she says.

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Tallahassee State Representative Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda says she’s concerned the press isn’t taking her bid to be Florida State University President seriously. Vasilinda is the second state lawmaker in the pool for FSU’s top job, and she’s taking aim at the front-runner, a powerful state senator with many political ties.

Vasilinda’s resume consists of decades in higher education, the creation of various classes at Florida State and her primary employer Tallahassee Community College—not to mention her work as a lawmaker with strong ties to the local community:

Florida State University has released the names of applicants for its open presidency position. The list is notable for whose resume still isn’t on it—the presumed front runner, Florida state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine).

FSU search consultant Bill Funk told the search committee Thrasher had been nominated several times, but only one nomination letter, from former FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte, has been released. Thrasher has said he’ll submit his resume during his June 11 interview.

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State Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) says he’s looking forward to addressing the concerns of Florida State University faculty and students when he interviews for the school's top job.

Thrasher has risen to the top of a slim list of candidates in a presidential search process  many on the university’s search committee agree is unusual. The decision to interview Thrasher is controversial because of his political ties and how the search process has gone. The first thing Thrasher will have to address is why he never formally applied for the position.

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Update 7:oo p.m.: Bill Funk has been called the “guru of higher education recruiting” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Florida State University has hired him to help find a new president. But Wednesday he told the university’s search committee the task has been made more complicated by the candidacy of Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine. 

“To be in the public with someone who cast such a long shadow over the process, really limited the interest of these individuals,” said Funk.

Florida State University

Florida State University’s provost will become the school’s interim president. Garnett Stokes takes the helm of Florida State as current university President Eric Barron departs for Penn state.

Barron was appointed Penn State University’s new university president last month. Florida State University Trustees named Stokes to the interim position as the school begins a national presidential search.

LHatter / myflorida.com

In the past few years, there have been several high-level vacancies at Florida’s public universities. And in many cases university trustees have expressed dissatisfaction with replacement candidates.

Such was the case at Florida A&M, where, shortly before naming Cornell University’s Elmira Mangum to the post, trustee Karl White complained about Florida’s open record laws:

“This was my 6th presidential, in some form, search. I have to say this one was the  most difficult ... based upon the constraints of the Sunshine Law," he said.

Elmira Mangum
FAMU Office of Communications

For the first time in Florida A & M’s history, a woman will head the university on a permanent basis.

Since 2010, Elmira Mangum, 60, has been at Cornell University, where she helped steer the school through the recession and rein in a nearly $150 million deficit as Vice President of Budget and Finance.  Now, she’s bringing those skills to Florida A&M, which was just freed from accreditation probation stemming in part from bad financial audits. 

Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees has interviewed the two finalists for the school’s presidency. But as the board nears a decision on who gets the job—one issue is left unanswered what to do about interim president Larry Robinson.

Elmira Mangum is Cornell University’s Vice President of Budget. John Price is the former founding president of the University of North Texas-Dallas. Wednesday they discussed why they want to be the FAMU’s next president:

Florida A&M University could name its 11th president this week after a search committee narrowed the field of finalists from four to just two  Monday.

Elmira Mangum, the first of the four initial candidates,  heads Cornell University’s Budget Office. Magnum told trustees  when it comes to university leadership, it is a shared effort:

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