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FSU Provost Stokes Leaving For Job At University Of Missouri

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Update 12/05/2015: FSU has announced Sallie McRorie as interim provost after the departure of Garnett Stokes who is leaving to assume the same job at the University of Missouri.

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Florida State University has a job opening for a new provost.

Garnett Stokes is leaving to become the new provost at the University of Missouri. She interviewed for the job last month. Stokes initially said she’d remain at FSU as Provost under President John Thrasher.  

“I have said to everyone I love Florida State. I think this is a great place. It would take an incredible, incredible opportunity to get me to consider leaving," she said in October.

“Garnett Stokes has been an outstanding provost at Florida State University and a visionary interim president. She has many accomplishments to her credit in leading Academic Affairs, and I deeply appreciate her great service, which always has been focused on creating the highest quality educational experience for our students," said FSU President John Thrasher. "I know the University of Missouri will benefit from her intellect, skills and talent, and I wish her and her husband, Jeff, the very best.”

In a statement on the University of Missouri's website, UM Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said of Stokes, "She has a reputation for supporting students and building on existing research strengths. She understands the need to create an academic environment that provides students the tools they need to be successful. She also recognizes the importance of supporting our faculty and giving them necessary resources to foster discoveries in the lab that will enhance and benefit the lives of citizens in Missouri, the nation and world."

Stokes served as interim president of FSU but wasn’t a finalist for the top job. She came to Florida State in 2011 and was recruited by former FSU President Eric Barron.  Stokes previously served as a faculty member at the University of Georgia. In 2004, Stokes was named dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Science at UGA. Her first day on the job at the University of Missouri is February 2, 2015.