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Annual Cresse Lecture and Panel: President John Thrasher

LECTURE: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
FSU College of Law Rotunda

PANEL: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
DeVoe Moore Conference Room, 150E Bellamy

The Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University is proud to announce that FSU President John Thrasher will be the featured speaker at this year’s Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture.

Thrasher, a former legislator for the State of Florida before taking the post of university president in 2014, will share his experiences in both fields and offering his insights on the conjunction of government and higher education in the lecture entitled “From Politician to President: Politics, Public Policy and Higher Education." A reception will follow the lecture.

Earlier in the day, Thrasher will participate in a panel discussion: “Politics, Public Policy and the University Presidency." Joining him on the panel are Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, President Emeritus of FSU and Professor of Law; U.S. Rep Al Lawson of the 5th Congressional District; and Professor of Political Science Carol Weissert, director of the Leroy Collins Institute. The panel will be moderated by Stephen MacNamara, professor in the FSU College of Communication and Information.

John Thrasher is uniquely suited to speaking on the subject of politics, policy and education. He assumed the presidency on Nov. 10, 2014, after a successful career as a state legislator, business leader, lobbyist and lawyer. As president, Thrasher has focused his efforts on elevating FSU’s reputation as a preeminent research institution. He has presided over a $1 billion fundraising campaign, advanced the university’s academic and research mission, championed diversity and inclusion, and welcomed the best and brightest students in the university’s history.

Thrasher earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State in 1965. After a stint in the U.S. Army after graduation, he returned to his alma mater to earn a law degree with honors in 1972.

His political career began with his 1986 election to the Clay County School Board. He was elected as a state representative in 1992 and served four terms, the last as Speaker of the House. He won a seat in the Florida Senate in 2009 and served as chair of the Republican Party of Florida in 2010.

From 2001 to 2005, Thrasher was the first chair of Florida State University’s Board of Trustees. He was a key supporter of legislation that brought funding to the development of FSU’s College of Medicine, and a building at the college is named in his honor.

Watch President Thrasher's speech.