Just six weeks after taking the helm at Florida State, T.K. Wetherell has to scale another hurdle.
Wetherell announced late Monday afternoon that he has prostate cancer and will need to take a few weeks off to undergo treatment.
Wetherell says doctors discovered the cancer during his annual check up when a blood test revealed an elevated PSA count.
A statement from FSU says the cancer appears to be isolated and has not spread.
Wetherell will undergo more tests but expects to be out of the office for two to three weeks for treatment and recovery.
Provost Larry Abele will assume the president's duties during Wetherell's absence.
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Dr. T. K. Wetherell was voted as FSU's 13th President on December 18, 2002, by the University's Board of Trustees. He served as a lobbyist with Southern Strategy Group following his resignation as Tallahassee Community Colleges fourth President. Prior to Dr. Wetherell's appointment at TCC, he served as President of the Independent Colleges and Schools of Florida.
Dr. Wetherell has served as a Visiting Eminent Scholar at FSU's Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise, taught at Daytona Beach Community College and at Bethune-Cookman College, where he was Associate Professor of Education.
In his 10 years at DBCC, Dr. Wetherell served as Provost/Dean of Instruction, Vice President and Provost for Academic and University Transfer Programs, Vice President for the Central Campus and Vice President for the District.
Dr. Wetherell was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980. He served as Speaker of the House from 1990-92, after chairing the Appropriations and Higher Education Committees and the Education Subcommittee of Appropriations. He was Majority Floor Leader in 1982-84, and was named Most Effective Member of the House in 1998 and in 1990.
T.K. attended FSU on a football scholarship and played on the 1963-1967 football teams. He is a member of FSU's Hall of Fame, a recipient of the prestigious Moore-Stone Award, the Distinguished Service Award and the FSU Alumni Association's Circle of Gold Award.
Source: http://www.fsu.edu/~FSUAlum/distinguished/WetherellTK.html (FSU Web site) contributed to this report.