Office of the President
I would like to recap some exciting developments for the University in recent months.
First, the legislature passed and the Governor signed the Career and Professional Education Act, which defined preeminence status for state universities and set specific performance parameters for universities to gain this status. Florida State University was one of two in the State System to qualify for preeminent status. I am pleased to say that the Board of Governors then officially designated Florida State University as a preeminent university. This status adds $15 million to our base budget for the specific purpose of adding faculty, increasing student scholarships, enhancing our goal to be an entrepreneurial university, and focusing on career enhancement for our students.
Second, the legislature passed and the Governor signed a budget that contained the first state-funded salary increases in many years. We will be working hard to implement raises and to reward our outstanding faculty and staff.
Third, the legislature and Governor supported a permanent budget for our Veteran's Center. Our Veteran's efforts have had significant impact, and it is now a permanent commitment to ensure the success of our student-veterans.
The budget brought with it additional support for critical areas such as the Civic Center and the Autism Center, as well as other areas of the university.
In summary, after many years of significant cuts to our budget, we have a renewed opportunity to invest in our future and in the State of Florida. We intend to make sure that the State's investment in Florida State is well worth repeating as we move toward a Top 25 rank among all public universities.