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Provost Search

To the FSU Community,

Earlier this year, I named a search committee, chaired by Dean Emeritus Don Gibson, and made up of faculty, staff and students. I charged them with the significant task of finding the best candidate to be the next provost of Florida State University. Their responsibility was to identify high quality and innovative candidates who could help guide our preeminent university further down the path to academic greatness.

I am grateful to members of the search committee for their hard work in a compressed timeframe. My objective was to move at a pace that would serve the best interests of this university, as well as provide a timely decision for all the candidates being considered. I commend the committee’s thoroughness in developing an excellent position description and the collaboration with a national search firm that resulted in a strong pool of candidates for evaluation.

The inclusive and transparent selection process allowed the campus community to provide input on the academic achievements and key characteristics of our next provost, and the opportunity to meet directly with the final candidates. I greatly value the feedback of our deans, faculty, staff and students, and thank all who participated in the process.

After rigorous assessment, today I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Sally McRorie as the next provost of Florida State University. Sally clearly stood out as the top candidate in my evaluation and was the preferred choice of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee as well. She has an excellent record of accomplishments as a scholar and administrator at Florida State and other universities. Her knowledge and passion for FSU run deep. Over the past twenty-one years she has served as professor, dean, vice president and interim provost. Having come from the teaching ranks, Sally recognizes the invaluable role of faculty members whose innovative research, curriculum initiatives and teaching approaches are critical to FSU's trajectory of success. As an administrator, she offers vision and experience in addressing today's higher education policy challenges including metrics, governance, inclusion, and funding. I am confident in her skills to help lead the entire university forward.

Sally is an esteemed colleague to administrators, faculty and staff and a champion of students. Please join me in congratulating Provost Sally McRorie.

John Thrasher, President