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State Sen. John Thrasher nominated for FSU president

TALLAHASSEE — Former Florida State President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte on Tuesday nominated state Sen. John Thrasher to be FSU's president, calling him "a joy to work with" when Thrasher was a university trustee during D'Alemberte's presidency.

D'Alemberte's endorsement of Thrasher was first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat. A fixture in legal circles, a former president of the American Bar Association and a liberal Democrat, D'Alemberte sent a letter to William Funk, a Texas headhunter hired by FSU to help find its next president.

Thrasher, 70, is a lawyer and FSU graduate who has been one of the university's biggest champions in the Legislature. The St. Augustine Republican is chairman of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, and Scott appoints the university trustees who will choose a successor to Eric Barron, who resigned to become president of Penn State.

"In an ideal world, I would not say that John was the best candidate, but in the world we live in I would say he is the best candidate," D'Alemberte told the Democrat Tuesday.

D'Alemberte said Thrasher, as a former House speaker, ex-lobbyist and current chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, has the ability to work the Capitol for Florida State. Thrasher is an intensely proud FSU alum and former chairman of its board of trustees. The campus' medical school building is named after Thrasher, who secured funding for it.

State Sen. John Thrasher nominated for FSU president 05/20/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:58pm]
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