“We are asking for an academic president, we are asking for someone that is qualified,” said Sydney Norris, one of the FSU students who participated in the demonstration.
Thrasher has no experience as a senior administrator at an institution of higher education. He is a lawyer who went to serve as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and later a member of the Florida Senate.
The BOG unanimously voted to confirm Thrasher’s appointment at its Wednesday meeting at Florida Atlantic University. It also confirmed Kent Fuchs to serve as the president of the University of Florida.
Back during this year’s legislative session, Thrasher led an unsuccessful effort to split the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and give FSU $13M to begin the process of creating a separate college. He declined to offer FAMU the $5M in new recurring dollars that would be necessary to replace all of the FSU faculty who would leave or the $100M that would be required to build a new engineering school building on FAMU’s main campus.