Inauguration of FSU’s 16th president scheduled for Feb. 25

Florida State University will be celebrating the inauguration of Richard McCullough, its 16th...
Florida State University will be celebrating the inauguration of Richard McCullough, its 16th president, on Feb. 25, 2022.(FSU)
Published: Feb. 16, 2022 at 12:14 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State University will celebrate its 16th president’s inauguration with a day of festivities on Friday, Feb. 25.

During 22 years at Carnegie Mellon University, Richard McCullough rose from being an assistant professor to vice president of research. In 2012, he worked for Harvard as the vice provost for research and professor of materials science and engineering.

McCullough began his five-year contract with FSU in Aug. 2021.

On Feb. 25, FSU will be hosting a ceremony in honor of its new president. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with “The President’s Symposium: The Future of Higher Education” in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

The ceremony will bring a panel of national leaders in the higher education industry from Harvard, CMU and of course FSU, along with the editor-in-chief of Science Magazine to discuss FSU’s future.

The inauguration will be hosted from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. highlighting university traditions, such as the awarding of The President’s Medallion and the lighting of the three torches.

Jim Clark, FSU’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be hosting the ceremony.

Distinguished speakers for the ceremony will include:

  • Lawrence S. Bacow, president of Harvard University
  • Alan M. Garber, provost of Harvard University
  • Jared L. Cohon, president emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University
  • Marshall M. Criser, chancellor of the State University System of Florida
  • Peter Collins, chair of the FSU Board of Trustees
  • Nastassia Janvier, student body president and FSU trustee
  • Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr., pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee
  • FSU Professor of English Maxine Montgomery
  • Mike Norvell, head football coach of Florida State University.

David Kirby, who is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English, will read poetry at the ceremony, while Marcy Stonikas will be featured for a musical performance.

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