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State Rep. Proctor named FSU athletic director



Housephotooriginal0976_3 Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell today appointed state Rep. Bill Proctor as the interim athletic director.

The St. Augustine Republican begins work Nov. 5. The job, filling the vacancy created by Dave Hart, is strictly temporary. Proctor, 74, will not be considered a candidate for the permanent athletics director position.

“I look forward to serving President Wetherell and my alma mater in this important role,” said Proctor, who has three degrees from FSU -- a bachelor’s in education and master’s and doctoral degrees in education administration.

Proctor will be paid $10,000 a month. Proctor sits on House committees that oversee funding for higher education, but he said he does not see a conflict. "I don't think it's a problem. My interest is in funding for the entire state university system." He added, "And I think this will be over pretty soon."

Proctor was president of Flagler College and is now chancellor, a position he will retain while fulfilling the temporary role at FSU. Proctor played football for the Seminoles (he was a tackle) and was an assistant coach. In 1988, he was inducted into the FSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Proctor and Wetherell have a long history. "I recruited him to play," at FSU, Proctor said. Wetherell attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:23am]


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