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FSU president John Thrasher on Charlottesville

By Thomas C. Tobin | Times Staff
Published: August 15, 2017
SCOTT KEELER | Times
Florida Sen. Chris Smith, D- Ft. Lauderdale, hugs then-Sen. John Thrasher, R- St. Augustine, at the conclusion of the 2014 Florida Legislative session in May 2104, just sx months before Thrasher became the 15th president of Florida State University.

John Thrasher, the president of Florida State University, weighed in today on last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va.

"Florida State University recognizes freedom of expression as a constitutional right, and we are dedicated to protecting it for everyone," his statement said in part. "We do not, however, condone the expression of ideas that infringe upon the rights of others or lead to violence."

Before becoming FSU's president in 2014, Thrasher served in the Florida Senate, was a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and was speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

Read his full statement here.