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Jean Thrasher

Published June 9, 2017

First Lady
Florida State University


Jean Moore was born in Calhoun, Georgia, and attended Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia. During a summer break with college friends in Florida, she met John Thrasher and the two were married in 1964. After John’s graduation from FSU’s College of Law, the family moved to the Jacksonville region where Jean became heavily involved in the local community and was soon recognized as a community leader. She juggled Girl Scout troops, the PTA, youth sports leagues and served as a church deacon. Over the years, multiple boards benefitted from her dedicated service, including the Lighthouse Learning Center in Clay County, Florida, and a local non-profit which raised one million dollars to build Quigley House – a center providing crisis intervention and temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence. With her husband’s selection as Florida State University’s 15th President, Jean has enthusiastically embraced the role of First Lady and on a daily basis participates in university activities supporting faculty, students and alumni in their goals and achievements.