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FSU president takes leave of absence

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell placed himself on temporary leave Monday after learning he has prostate cancer.

Wetherell, who replaced former FSU president Sandy D’Alemberte in December, said the cancer was discovered during his annual physical exam. He said a bone scan and CT scans were negative, meaning that the cancer has not spread.

The 57-year-old Wetherell said he will meet with physicians to determine his treatment options. He has left Tallahassee to see specialists.

Wetherell played football for FSU for four years before graduating in 1967. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992. In his final two years in that office, he served as House Speaker.

From 1995-2001, Wetherell was president of Tallahassee Community College. On Dec. 18, he was approved by the FSU Board of Trustees as D’Alemberte’s replacement.

He is expected to be out of the office for two to three weeks. During that time, Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence Abele will take over the duties of the presidency.