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Dr. T.K. Wetherell

President Emeritus & Professor of Higher Education

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Office Location: 
1210F Stone Building

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(850) 645-9329

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Dr. Thomas Kent "T.K." Wetherell was president of the Florida State University 2003-2010. Dr. Wetherell has a long and distinguished career in higher education. Prior to coming to F.S.U., Wetherell, served as president of Tallahassee Community College from 1995 until 2001. Under his leadership, the college doubled its enrollment and the gross square footage of the main campus. He pioneered innovative academic programs, led the college into the top 25 community colleges in the nation awarding associate's degrees and solicited the college's first $1 million scholarship donor. After stepping down as TCC president, he served as a lobbyist with the Southern Strategy Group.

Before assuming the presidency at TCC, he was president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and was responsible for coordinating and promoting post secondary higher educational opportunities and programs in Florida's private colleges.

He previously served in a number of capacities at Daytona Beach Community College, including provost and dean of instruction, vice president and president of academic and university transfer programs, vice president of district planning and development and executive assistant to the president. Before that, he served as associate professor of education at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. He began his career as an academic counselor for student-athletes at FSU before going to Florida Technological University in Orlando where he was assistant to the dean of housing and then director of housing and administrative assistant to the vice president.

He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992, the last two years as House Speaker. During his tenure in the House, he served as chairman of the appropriations committee and the higher education committee. The Miami Herald named him one of the Top Ten Legislative Leaders in the House each year from 1987 through 1992.

He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in social studies education from FSU in 1967 and 1968 respectively. He earned a doctoral degree in education administration from FSU in 1974.
He has been inducted into Florida State University's Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the prestigious Moore-Stone Award, as well as the university's Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Wetherell serves the students and faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies by teaching courses in higher education both face to face and online.