Interim FSU Pres Applies For Permanent Job

Garnett Stokes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University interim president Garnett Stokes says she wants the job permanently.

Stokes turned in her application by the Tuesday deadline. She is seeking the post even though there are high-profile politicians such as State Sen. John Thrasher already seeking the position.

Stokes was provost under former President Eric Barron. Barron left FSU to take the top position at Penn State University.

Some FSU faculty members urged Stokes to apply. They want the school to be led by someone with academic credentials as opposed to a politician.

A total of 39 people officially applied for the job. That includes Thrasher as well as Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston.

FSU’s previous search consultant warned it would be hard to attract candidates because of Thrasher’s interest in the job.