New FSU President Takes Office and Hears Student Demands


The new Florida State University president, John Thrasher, took office on Monday morning and was met with a heap of demands from a gaggle of the university’s students.

Over 25 students crowded into Thrashers office with a list of nine demands that they would like to have met by the new president. The main issues that students brought to light were the university’s relationship with the Charles Koch Foundation and with Thrasher’s very own relationship with the Koch brothers, Charles and David.

The next big demand on the list was that all gifts, grants, contracts and any other similar agreements between the university and FSU Foundation be made public record so that students and anyone else interested can view them.

The road to finding a new president for FSU hasn’t been an easy one or one without a fair amount of criticism. The Florida Board of Governors elected Thrasher to the position on Friday after months of trying to find a replacement for former FSU president, Eric Barron.

Despite the unanimous vote to bring him in, Thrasher’s new position has been scrutinized a good deal by both faculty and students. There have been questions raised about his political connections and lack of experience. Some involved with the university feel that he is unsuitable for the position of university president.

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