We are in the midst of national searches for a provost and a dean of the College of Business. The search advisory committee for provost, chaired by Dean Emeritus and Professor of the College of Music Don Gibson, will start reviewing the initial slate of candidates in mid-September, and we will keep you posted on the progress. David Rasmussen, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, is heading the search for a new business dean. We are working with our colleagues at FAMU to begin the search for the next dean of the College of Engineering this fall.
And while we certainly can never replace College of Law Dean Don Weidner, we are starting the process of hiring a search firm to help find his successor when he retires as dean next year.
The strategic planning committee is working with AKA Strategies, which will be back on campus Aug. 27. The strategic planning process helps us shape our university initiatives for the next five years and is a critical piece of our ongoing SACS accreditation. Your input during this process will be incredibly valuable. Please be on the lookout for more information soon.
Guns on Campus Bill
As you may be aware, a bill to carry guns on college campuses was filed earlier this month in anticipation of Florida’s legislative session in January. I just want to assure you that my stance on the issue has not changed, and we join the state’s other universities and police chiefs in opposition to this bill.
New Board of Trustees Members
At our June 26 Board of Trustees meeting, we welcomed four new board members, including Professor Susan Fiorito, president of the Faculty Senate, and Jean Tabares, president of the student body. William “Billy” Buzzett, a partner with the law firm of Harrison, Rivard, Duncan & Buzzett in Panama City, Fla., and Bob Sasser, CEO of Dollar Tree Stores, also began their terms. In addition, the trustees elected Ed Burr to serve as board chair and Les Pantin to serve as vice chair.
I know Chairman Burr and our new trustees will do an outstanding job because they share a common goal with you and me — elevating Florida State to national prominence.
Finally, below are links to just a few examples of the positive media attention our top-notch faculty’s research continues to generate. I really enjoy reading about your great work in national media outlets and sharing the clips with our friends!
I’m looking forward to another exciting academic year, and it is truly my pleasure to work with you. As always, I welcome your ideas and encourage you to send me your feedback.