Florida Phoenix by Lucy Morgan
November 22, 2019
It’s not the need to find a new college football coach or where the university ranks that worries Florida State University President John Thrasher.
“The thing that keeps me awake at night, is crime,’’ Thrasher told an audience at the Capital Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee on Thursday.
Noting that Tallahassee has had 59 shootings this year, and FSU has had crimes at residential buildings on campus, Thrasher said he’s taking steps to add personnel on campus.
He’s concerned about crime impacting the progress FSU is making among the nation’s colleges, and he hopes the community can work together with the university to address the issue of crime.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe in Tallahassee, and parents want to have peace of mind when they send their children to study at one of our city’s three institutions of higher education,’’ Thrasher said.
A former House Speaker who has also served in the Senate and worked as a lobbyist, Thrasher has been president at FSU for five years, leading the way to boosting the university’s national ranking and raising more than a billion dollars.