FSU Loses Long Time Senior Vice President

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A message from Florida State University
President Eric J. Barron

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the news that our long-time colleague, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration John Carnaghi died last evening.

John has been the heart and soul of a 22-year legacy at Florida State – directing more than 1,300 staff that worked very hard to provide the vision, services and oversight of the institution’s financial and administrative infrastructure that has made Florida State University an example for others to emulate.

When John was named an Outstanding Young Man in America more than 31 years ago, he was already setting the course for a legacy of dynamic leadership and innovation in managing organizational change.

It is no surprise to any of us that often universities from across the nation have called upon John to share his insight, such as the members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

As we take a moment to honor the loss of a dear colleague and servant leader, we might recall John’s energetic smile as he would jog up the stairs of Westcott each morning or salute his business acumen – or we might simply remember the privilege of serving with a true colleague.

We extend our deepest condolences to his family: John’s wife, Judy; his son, Jason; daughter-in-law, Amy; and to his grandson, Jackson “Jack”, whose proud smile can be seen in the countless photographs that line the bookshelves in John’s office.

We will provide more information from John’s family regarding a service as well as how we might honor John’s legacy.

Eric J. Barron

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