Thrasher: ‘I agree’ to not remove name from Doak Campbell Stadium

Exterior shot of Doak Campbell Stadium. (Photo: Ryan Kelly - WCTV)
Exterior shot of Doak Campbell Stadium. (Photo: Ryan Kelly - WCTV)(WCTV)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:41 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - In a letter sent to the President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion, outgoing Florida State University President John Thrasher says he agrees with the decision to not rename Doak Campbell Stadium.

“I know the Historical Legacy Subcommittee as well as the full task force spent many hours reviewing Doak Campbell’s presidency, hearing public input and thoughtfully considering this issue. I especially want to thank Dr. Maxine Jones for her thorough research, analysis and presentation based on hundreds of historical documents and original source material,” Thrasher wrote in a letter published online. “I have reviewed this presentation, and I agree with the task force’s ultimate decision to reject a proposal to remove the name Doak S. Campbell from the stadium.”

An online petition was launched to change the name of the Florida State football stadium last summer by former Seminole player Kendrick Scott.

“The stadium at FSU was named after Doak Campbell a former FSU President. While, the tradition has been preserved, in reflection his non inclusive views of Blacks as a segregationist is divisive, therefore his name should be removed...” the petition read.

In his letter, Thrasher responded to 26 recommendations made by the task force. You can read his response to each one below or by clicking here.

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