FSU sets new presidential search timeline
The Florida State University presidential search committee, with the help of its newly hired consultant, set a timeline for evaluating candidates that could have a new leader named by the end of September.
The application deadline is Sept. 2. Sen. John Thrasher, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston and others who have already applied remain in the running, but the search firm will spend the next two months recruiting additional candidates.
The advisory committee will meet Sept. 5 to discuss all of the applicants and select finalists to bring to campus for interviews on Sept. 8 and 9.
Some or all of those finalists will be invited back the following week to meet with various stakeholder groups -- students, faculty, staff and alumni -- Sept. 15 through 18.
The committee will reconvene on Sept. 22 to decide which of the finalists they will recommend to the FSU Board of Trustees, which is ultimately tasked with picking the school’s next president. The state Board of Governors must also sign off on the selection.
Whether the search committee sends one name or more to the trustees will depend on the candidates, Chairman Ed Burr said.
“We are hoping to have more than one qualified candidate to recommend,” he said.
The timing of the search also may have political implications, since Thrasher, the St. Augustine Republican considered the front-runner for the FSU job, is also running for re-election.
If Thrasher is selected FSU’s president before the Nov. 4 general election, the Republican committees in St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties will select a nominee to replace him on the ballot.
If the search lingers beyond the general election and Thrasher becomes FSU president after being re-elected, Gov. Rick Scott would need to call a special election.