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What is an Eppes Professor?

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The Eppes Professorship

Robert Olen Butler was given the title of Eppes Professor in May 2000. The Eppes professorship is named after Francis Eppes, the grandson of President Thomas Jefferson, who played a vital role in convincing the Florida Legislature to locate The Seminary West of the Suwannee, FSU's institutional predecessor, in Tallahassee. Over and above professors holding the university's Eminent Scholar chairs, the Francis Eppes Professorship is the ultimate honor, given to a few professors who are ranked at the very top of their field, who portray genuine leadership qualities and who are committed role models for the students they work with. The Eppes professors are often deemed "Superprofessors" because of the high quality of their character, vision and intellect.


Florida State University

Florida State University is a public, fully accredited, coeducational Carnegie Level I Research University located in the capital city of Tallahassee, FL. A senior member of the 10-member state university system, FSU has 35,500 students, almost 5,000 professors and staff, more than 292 degree programs and an international reputation in the sciences and humanities. The faculty has included five Nobel laureates, and many of the 17 schools and colleges are rated among the finest in the country, if not the world. The campus perennially is ranked one of the most "wired" in the nation. Building on this strong reputation, FSU has just launched the first new allopathic medical school in the United States in 20 years. In 2001, Florida State University marked its 150th year as one of the best schools in America, devoted to superb scholarship, an outstanding athletics program, and a deeply rooted commitment to public service.


FSU's Creative Writing Program

FSU's Creative Writing Program is among the best in the country and is the recipient of honorary awards such as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The program has highly recognized faculty, including the author of the most adopted creative writing text in the world. Students' work has been honored in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O' Henry Awards, and New Stories from the South.


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