4 candidates chosen as finalists for FSU job; List includes powerful politician John Thrasher

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Four candidates are moving ahead in the search for a new president at Florida State University.

A FSU search committee on Tuesday voted to choose powerful politician John Thrasher as one of the candidates.

The other candidates include former West Virginia University Provost Michele Wheatly, Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System and Richard Marchase, a vice president at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The committee debated, but ultimately decided against including FSU interim president Garnett Stokes on the list.

The search committee interviewed 11 candidates over the last two days before taking the vote.

The finalists will participate next in forums with students and faculty.

FSU has been without a president since Eric Barron left in April to take the top post at Penn State University.

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