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Florida State University Releases More Than A Dozen Names Applying For President


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.

Fourteen other people have applied so far. A few of the applications contain typos in the cover letter, and at least one person seems to have applied for two different positions at the school.

Included in the mix are high-level administrators at schools like the University of North Texas, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. One applicant is employed at Oakridge National Laboratory, a massive research and development facility run by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Also in the pot: state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee), who highlights her legislative experience and work as a professor at Tallahassee Community College, as well as work in developing curriculum and course guidebooks for classes at TCC and FSU.

FSU says it will update the website as resumes come in.

See the list of names here.

*Correction: Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda is full professor at Tallahassee Community College and has been since 1989. The original version of the story reported she was an adjunct. That is incorrect.