John Thrasher earned his business degree in 1965 from FSU before entering the Army for a four-year tour. Thrasher attained the rank of captain before his honorable discharge in 1970. Captain Thrasher returned to FSU to earn his law degree with honors in 1972. After practicing law for nearly 15 years, Thrasher became a member of the Clay County School Board. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for four consecutive terms. On November 17, 1998, the House of Representatives unanimously elected him as Speaker of the House for the 1999-2000 term. It was during this period that he saw opportunities to assist FSU in taking a step to the next level. Thrasher’s untiring support and visionary leadership has led to several major changes in Seminole Territory. Thrasher provided key leadership in the legislature during his time as speaker to appropriate the 12 million dollars to build the academic and athletic buildings surrounding the north end zone of Doak Campbell Stadium. He was also a key component in providing funding for the new professional golf center at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. Thrasher has received numerous awards through the years including four-time Legislator of the Year, Florida Sheriff ‘s Association Legislative Award, Miami Herald’ s Most Effective Representative and the prestigious Circle of Gold presented to distinguished alumni of Florida State. He also was presented the rare Westcott Award, given by former President Sandy D’Alemberte to honor friends of Florida State whose loyalty and support can be called extraordinary.