Florida State University President John Thrasher announced the selection of Sally McRorie as the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs following a rigorous national search. Dr. McRorie previously served as FSU’s inaugural Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance (now College of Fine Arts) for nearly a decade, guiding the college’s School of Art and Design (Departments of Art, Art History, Art Education and Interior Design), School of Dance, and School of Theatre and the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the 66-acre John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art complex and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, both located in Sarasota, Fla.
“Dr. McRorie is an exceptional leader, accomplished academic and a strong advocate for the arts at FSU. We are very fortunate to have an individual of her caliber and experience helping to lead this University. I look forward to many productive years working with Sally,” says Peter Weishar, current Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
McRorie has served as Florida State’s Interim Provost since Dec. 5, 2014, leading up to her permanent appointment to the position. During that time, she worked with Deans, Chairs and faculty across campus to lead Florida State in meeting all 12 of the state’s preeminence metrics for the first time.
“Sally has an excellent record of accomplishments as a scholar and administrator at Florida State and other universities,” Thrasher said. “Her knowledge and passion for FSU run deep. Over the past 21 years, she has served as a Professor, Dean, Vice President and Interim Provost.”
McRorie was one of four finalists chosen by the 21-member Provost Search Committee led by Professor of Music Theory and Dean Emeritus Don Gibson. The committee interviewed nine candidates before inviting four finalists to campus for open forums with students, faculty and staff.
“It is truly an honor to be chosen as the provost for Florida State, a university that I know well,” McRorie said. “My academic home for 21 years is on a great trajectory of success and recognition. I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
As provost, McRorie will serve as Florida State’s chief academic officer and will work with the University’s Deans, faculty and administrators to promote academic excellence and advance the institution’s national and international reputation.