Bio of Penn State’s next president, Eric Barron

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 17, 2014 

Penn State’s new president, Eric Barron, has strong ties to the university as well as administrative experience around the country. Here’s a look at Barron’s career:


•  2002-06: dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

•  1986-2006: faculty, department of geosciences and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

•  Served as director of Earth Science System Center and EMS Environmental Institute

•  Distinguished professor of geosciences


•  2006-08: dean, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

•  2008-10: director, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo.

•  2010-present: president of Florida State, led $1 billion fundraising campaign, had FSU named one of two “pre-eminent” universities in Florida


•  Age: 62

•  Hometown: Lafayette, Ind.

•  Family: Wife, Molly, and two adult children

• Education: Bachelor of Science, geology, 1973, Florida State; graduate degrees in oceanography (master’s, 1976; doctorate, 1980), University of Miami (Fla.)

•  Professional society memberships: Fellow in American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the Geological Society of America

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