In the Role of College President, Many Politicians Shed Their Partisanship

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Moments after Florida State U.’s Board of Trustees named State Sen. John E. Thrasher as president on Tuesday, students erupted in protest. The Republican lawmaker faces a greater challenge in winning over the campus than did other Florida politicians who have walked the well-worn path from the state’s Capitol to the university system.
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The controversy it has caused may be intense, but State Sen. John E. Thrasher’s appointment as president of Florida State University has a very familiar ring to it. Florida State’s Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday to name the Republican...

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