John Thrasher has held a lot of positions in his life: speaker of the Florida House, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, lobbyist, chairman of Rick Scott's reelection campaign, and current state senator.
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Yesterday the Florida State University Board of Trustees voted 11-2 to appoint Thrasher as the 15th president of the school. Once the state university system's board of governors approves the choice (generally seen as a formality), the 70-year-old Thrasher will resign from the senate and Scott's campaign to take over the president's office.
Supporters see him as a proven leader whose connections to Florida power will help the school raise the money that will return it to academic prominence.
Others see Thrasher as a Republican good ol' boy who is trading in his connections for a cushy job for which he has no experience.More »