New FSU President John Thrasher at a glance
Who: John E. Thrasher
Position: New Florida State University president. Florida state senator.
Family: Wife Jean, three adult children, eight grandchildren.
Career highlights: State Senate, 2009-present; co-chairman of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign; Southern Strategy Group lobbying firm partner, 2001-2009; chairman of FSU board of trustees, 2001-2005; and Florida House of Representatives, 1992-2000 (speaker, 1998-2000). Military service: U.S. Army, 1966-1970.
Degrees: Florida State University law degree, 1972; and FSU bachelor's degree in business, 1965.
Why take job: "My desire to put my name forward as a candidate is driven by a deep-seated confidence that I can lead Florida State University through the next critical steps on its way to national prominence."
Skills highlighted in cover letter: Fundraising ability, political experience, years of advocating for FSU, legislative connections and strategic planning.