D’Alemberte nominates Thrasher for FSU president

Former Florida State President Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte has nominated state Sen. John Thrasher to be FSU’s president, filling the void created when Eric Barron was hired by Penn State in mid-February.

D’Alemberte’s three-page letter endorsing Thrasher was sent to William Funk, the Dallas-based head hunter hired to help FSU find a new leader, on Monday, two days before FSU’s presidential search advisory committee is set to meet.

D’Alemberte, an unabashed Democrat, notes in his letter that his support for Thrasher crosses party lines. Thrasher, a Republican from St. Augustine, is co-chair of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a former speaker of the House who remains a powerful presence in the Legislature.

“In an ideal world, I would not say that John was the best candidate, but in the world we live in I would say he is the best candidate,” D’Alemberte told the Democrat Tuesday.

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