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Public Administration Alum Steps into Major Role at FSU

Kathy Mears, an alum from the college who served as chief of staff to two consecutive Florida House speakers, has been named the new top in-house lobbyist for Florida State University. She will take the new role of chief legislative affairs officer on September 19.

It’s a homecoming for Mears, who got both her undergraduate degree and master’s in public administration from FSU.

Mears was chief of staff to Republican House Speakers Will Weatherford (2012-14) and Steve Crisafulli (2014-16). She also has been a top advisor to former Senate Presidents Ken Pruitt and Tom Lee and was deputy chief of staff to former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. She also served as campaign communications director to Congressman Daniel Webster and was a vice president at On 3 Public Relations in Tallahassee.

At FSU, Mears will report to President John Thrasher, another former state lawmaker.

“Kathy’s passion for public policy and academia makes her the perfect choice for President Thrasher and FSU,” said On 3 President Christina Johnson. “I am thrilled for her as she continues to achieve incredible milestones throughout her professional career.”