By Andy Alcock
September 2, 2014
A key date has arrived in the search for Florida State University's new president.
The deadline to apply for the job is Tuesday, September 2.
At last check, the FSU website lists 27 applicants for the job.
One of them is Tallahassee State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda.
"I think the process seems to be going smoothly at this point in time, there have been some concerns, but I've got my hat in the ring and very serious about it," said Vasilinda. "I'm very excited about the prospect of hopefully getting an interview," she said.
Once the application deadline is past, the presidential search advisory committee is schedule to meet Friday to pick roughly six applicants to get interviews.
At last check, Interim FSU President Garnett Stokes has not applied to be the full time president.
She was unavailable for an interview today.
In the original search process, State Senator John Thrasher, still a candidate, was going to be given the only interview.
That search process was started with a new consultant, but the original applicants list was included.
The Board of Trustees is expected to hire the next president September 23rd.
By: Chris Gros
September 1, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - In the midst of searching for its newest leader, FSU students and graduate assistants want a bigger say on the school’s presidential search committee.
Currently there are 27 members on the search committee. Four faculty members and three students make up 26% of the vote. In May all students and faculty, and two staff members, on the committee voted against "fast tracking" the application of Florida State Senator John Thrasher. However they were overruled 13-9. Groups like Graduate Assistants United wants to see both students and faculty make up 1/3 of the votes each to form a super majority.
"Our greatest concern is that the number of corporate and political outside stake holder interest is far and greater than the number of direct tie interest especially student and faculty interest," said Graduate Assistant United Spokesperson Lakely.
Eyewitness News reached out to FSU Board of Trustee Chair Allan Bense but he denied a personal comment on the issue. In July Bense released a statement in response to similar concerns from student groups
"The board of trustees is committed to a process where all constituencies are represented and involved. We appreciate the importance of student participation and want their voices to continue to be heard during the search for a new president," said Bense.
Story by: James Buechele
A grad student has resigned from her position on the presidential search committee. Now some are pushing for more student involvement.
Jennifer Proffitt, president of the FSU chapter of the United Faculty of Florida, says with the resignation of one student there's a bigger need for students to voice concerns on the school's next leader.
"Students are the core of this university and we're the ones who teach them, the faculty," said Proffitt. "We should have a greater say."
Kerr Ballenger, president of Graduate Assistants United says his organization hopes 13 students will replace the one GA to make up a third of the committee.
"With 41,000 students, I can't think of anyone else that would be a better stakeholder than a student voice," said Ballenger.
Allan Bense, chair of the board of trustees released this statement regarding the committee.
"The Board of Trustees is committed to a process where all constituencies are represented and involved. We appreciate the importance of student participation and want their voices to continue to be heard during the search for a new president."