Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Tia Mitchell

Tia Mitchell covers state government and politics in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She joined the politics team in late 2011 after working as a general assignment reporter in the Times' Tampa bureau for most of the year. Tia is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in journalism. She has worked at the Florida Times-Union newspaper in Jacksonville and has also interned at the Tallahassee Democrat and the Ocala Star-Banner. She is originally from Louisville, Ky.

Phone: (850) 224-7263

Email: tmitchell@tampabay.com

Twitter: @TBTia

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  1. Meet the final four in FSU's presidential search

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    TALLAHASSEE — Most of the attention surrounding the search for Florida State University's next president has been on state Sen. John Thrasher. But he is just one of four finalists, and the only who has never worked in higher education.

    On Page 7B, you'll find more about all four finalists and why they want the job, gleaned from resumes and cover letters they submitted.

    The FSU board of trustees is expected to make a final selection Tuesday, though that could change because one of the finalists, Michael Martin, had to postpone his interview after having emergency surgery for a detached retina....

    Richard Marchase, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  2. UWF trustees stand behind Judy Bense after faculty no-confidence vote

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    From the Pensacola News Journal:

    University of West Florida faculty and the Board of Trustees are at odds over the perceived performance of President Judy Bense.

    University faculty aired a laundry list of grievances against Bense to a packed room in an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees Monday morning, culminating in their call for Bense to step down from her position when her current term expires in June....

  3. Michael Martin, finalist for FSU president, won't make his Wednesday interview

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    Michael Martin, one of four finalists to become Florida State University's next president, notified the school today that he is sick and unable to travel to Tallahassee for his interview on Wednesday.

    Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System, is one of the favorites of FSU faculty although the vast majority of the schools' community has not had a chance to get to know him. Renisha Gibbs, vice chairman of the search committee, said Martin is still considered a candidate and any decision about rescheduling his interview will be made by this afternoon....

  4. Rep. Darryl Rouson lands gig at Clearwater law firm

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    More than a year after leaving a high-profile firm, state Rep. Darryl Rouson announced today that he has joined Clearwater-based personal injury firm Dolman Law Group.

    Rouson, a St. Petersburg Democrat, left his job at the Morgan & Morgan firm in May 2013. He had taken the opposite side of his boss John Morgan's very public support of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. At the time, Rouson said he was leaving the firm to focus on his political career and both insisted the separation was amicable....

  5. Finalist for FSU president, Michael Martin, won't make his Wednesday interview

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    UPDATE 2:52 PM: Michael Martin, one of the finalists for the FSU presidency, was unable to make it to Tallahassee for his interview Wednesday because he had to have emergency surgery for a detached retina. No details yet about when his interview will be rescheduled or how it will affect the search timeline.

    ORIGINAL POST: One of four finalists to become Florida State University's next president notified the school today that he is sick and unable to travel to Tallahassee for his interview on Wednesday....

  6. Thrasher threatens to walk out of FSU interview with students, faculty, and staff

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    Today's paper recaps state Sen. John Thrasher's sometimes testy interview on FSU's campus Monday:

    Long considered to be the candidate to beat, state Sen. John Thrasher was short on specifics and easily rattled during a series of interviews Monday for the presidency of Florida State University.

    As the first of four finalists to be invited on campus for daylong interviews, Thrasher, 70, had several hours to sell his vision for FSU to students, staff and faculty. But he spent much of that time dodging questions about his political beliefs and promising the FSU community his devotion, but only in vague terms....

  7. Thrasher gets testy during FSU presidential pitch with students, staff and faculty

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Long considered to be the candidate to beat, state Sen. John Thrasher was short on specifics and easily rattled during a series of interviews Monday for the presidency of Florida State University.

    As the first of four finalists to be invited on campus for daylong interviews, Thrasher, 70, had several hours to sell his vision for FSU to students, staff and faculty. But he spent much of that time dodging questions about his political beliefs and promising the FSU community his devotion, but only in vague terms....

    State Sen. John Thrasher is the first of four finalists to be invited back to the campus for day-long interviews.  [Times files (2012)]
  8. The Money Race: Republican governors continue to bank on Rick Scott

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    The Republican Governors Association continues to invest heavily in Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign. Its $2 million check listed in the most recent campaign finance report brings the group's total to $11 million. The latest donation went public just as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the RGA's chair, campaigned with Scott in the Panhandle....

  9. If Thrasher goes to FSU, his Senate seat is up for grabs

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    State Sen. John Thrasher is among four finalists to become Florida State University's next president. He has made clear that if he gets the job he will step down from the Legislature.

    We won't know until Sept. 22 or 23 if Thrasher will get the FSU job or not. But people are already talking about who could replace him in the Senate and how that could shape the chamber for years to come....

  10. FSU students, alumni launch 'support John Thrasher' website

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    State Sen. John Thrasher's supporters are launching an online campaign in hopes of helping him become Florida State University's next president. The SupportJohnThrasher.com website is collecting the names of people who want to publicly back this powerful alum and controversial candidate for the job.

    "We believe now is the time to stand up for Senator Thrasher. He has been good to FSU and we believe he is well qualified and ready to serve as our next president," said Madeline Perrotta, a senior from Orlando, in a news release....

  11. FSU students, alumni join 'support John Thrasher' campaign

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    A group of students who support state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president are taking their campaign online. The SupportJohnThrasher.com website has begun collecting the names of people who want to publicly back this powerful alum and controversial candidate for the job.

    "We believe now is the time to stand up for Senator Thrasher. He has been good to FSU and we believe he is well qualified and ready to serve as our next president," said Madeline Perrotta, a senior from Orlando, in a news release....

  12. FSU faculty senate approves resolution against Thrasher

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University's Faculty Senate, representing about 2,000 members, has made official its opposition to state Sen. John Thrasher becoming the school's new president.

    Professors long have criticized Thrasher's candidacy, but Wednesday's resolution is the most high-profile opposition to date.

    Faculty members spent two hours debating the topic before voting nearly 2-to-1 to encourage the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and FSU Board of Trustees not to recommend the influential politician for the job....

  13. FSU Faculty Senate approve resolution opposing John Thrasher

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    The legislative body representing Florida State University's roughly 2,000-member instructional force -- the Faculty Senate -- has officially come out against powerful state Sen. John Thrasher becoming the school’s new president.

    The move was not surprising given that the faculty union and individual professors have long been a critic of Thrasher’s candidacy for the job. But the timing and wording of the Faculty Senate resolution makes it the most high-profile of the opposition to Thrasher to date....

  14. FSU Faculty Senate takes stand against Thrasher

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    Florida State University’s Faculty Senate, the legislative body representing the institution’s roughly 2,000-member instructional force, has officially come out against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming the school’s new president.

    The move was not surprising given that the faculty union and individual professors have long been a critic of Thrasher’s candidacy for the job. But the timing and wording of the Faculty Senate resolution makes it the most high-profile of the opposition to Thrasher to date....

  15. State Sen. John Thrasher is one of four finalists for FSU president

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After an interview that showcased his passion for Florida State University but also his lack of academic leadership credentials, state Sen. John Thrasher was named one of four finalists to become the school's next president.

    The others are former West Virginia University provost Michele Wheatly, Colorado State University System chancellor Michael Martin and Richard Marchase, vice president for research and economic development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. FSU interim president Garnett Stokes did not make the cut....

    John Thrasher, an FSU alum, says support is strong.