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108 May 08 www.bus-ex.com According to T.K. Wetherell, PhD, President of Florida State University, to be a great leader you have to be a great teacher. “Maintaining strong connections with students is a steadfast goal in this administration’s philosophy,” he said. “For this reason I teach an undergraduate honors course on a regular basis. As an instructor, my goal is to make the educational process a professional and personal growth opportunity for students through interactive discussions and presentation of diverse experiences to illustrate how theories or policies are translated into practice.” Dr. Wetherell is the 13th president of Florida State, and he is the first university alumnus to hold the position of president. With more than 30 years of experience in the State of Florida’s educational system, Dr. Wetherell is also the only FSU president with experience in all four major divisions within higher education, having held positions in the offices of academic affairs, student services, business affairs, and college development. His personal philosophy certainly sets the tone for excellence throughout the rest of Florida State. For instance, the faculty includes two Nobel Laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners. What’s more, Florida State is recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as engaged in very high research activity, the highest status for a doctoral-granting university. The University recently instituted an innovative and ambitious plan to advance Florida State’s reputation as one of the nation’s top public graduate research institutions. The Pathways of Excellence initiative aims to hire 200 distinguished faculty members in clusters built around interdisciplinary academic themes; make substantial investments in new facilities and renovate its world-class research centers; and create new interdisciplinary doctoral programs. The Pathways of Excellence program is designed with the Association of American Universities evaluation criteria as its basis. There were 347 doctoral degrees awarded in 2006-2007 reporting period at Florida State, which is the largest number of doctoral graduates in the history of the university and constitutes a six per cent jump from the previous year. Florida State is ranked 42nd in Ph.D. graduates among all private and public universities in the US. Paramount to recruiting excellent students and faculty and maintaining academic rigor is the strong drive to create or renovate its teaching and research facilities. Florida State has undertaken the university’s most extensive construction program, adding three new residence halls, a general purpose classroom building, new food services facilities, parking garages, an alumni center, research facilities, massive renovation projects, and a Heritage Walk system throughout campus. The University’s Facilities Design and Construction Department is responsible for Kate Sawyer reports on the improvements in education standards and college facilities at Florida State Raisingthebar

from the State. The Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF) granted $2 million to the College of Medicine to fund renovations to a 29,000-squarefoot medical clinic. With three separate gifts totaling $10 million, the creation of this medical campus is the largest donor-funded initiative in the seven-year history of Florida State’s medical school. As a result, medical school faculty and students can provide pediatric and maternal and infant care in collaboration with Collier Health Services, Inc. “Mrs. Isabel Collier Read got all of this started, and it is largely thanks to her perseverance and support that this project has finally come to fruition,” said Dr. Wetherell. “She did a great thing not just for FSU, but for all of the children of Immokalee who will live healthier lives as a result.” May 08 www.bus-ex.com 109 delivering new construction, renovation, and restoration projects on all of its campuses. The team has overseen the renovations of The Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, the Kasha Laboratory of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics, enhancements to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Applied Superconductivity Center, and the Experimental Social Science Laboratory. The newest campus to open at Florida State is the Isabel Collier Read Medical Campus in Immokalee, Florida. Mrs. Read donated the initial $7 million in an effort to ensure that the medical needs of the community’s farm workers and other underserved residents would be met. She also endowed the medical school’s educational program in Immokalee with an additional gift of $1 million, which is eligible for a $750,000 match FloridaStateUniversity