FSU President Search

TALLAHASSEE- The man who was leading the search to find Florida State University's new president has quit.

Search consultant Bill Funk abruptly resigned today.

The move comes just days after FSU faculty representatives said they'd lost confidence in Funk's ability to find a new president.

The FSU search committee hired Funk in March to find a replacement for Eric Barron, who resigned to take the Penn State President's job.

Funk began taking heat after recommending the committee suspend the search to consider only 1 candidate, State Senator John Thrasher.

That drew protests from some on the committee, who believe Thrasher's front-runner status was deterring other qualified candidates from applying.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice and Jackson County resident Ricky Polston jumped into the pool of candidates last week.

Others believe Funk's departure will bring out even more quality candidates.