What they’re saying: Eric Barron

Compiled by Mike DawsonFebruary 17, 2014 

What they’re saying about Eric Barron, the pick for Penn State president:

“In Eric Barron, you have found a leader who will help realize the very best of this institution, and will successfully lead Penn State into the future. I have known Eric for 28 years, and can unequivocally say that he is a person of the highest integrity.” — Rodney Erickson, Penn State president

“He is an outstanding choice. Eric, perhaps more than any dean, embraced the theme of making Penn State the leading student-centered research university. His innovations in student advising, academic opportunities, and faculty-student interaction were notable. Dr. Barron is a brilliant scientist who will enjoy great support by faculty.” — former Penn State President Graham Spanier

“His desire to come back here shows that he knows from first experience that Penn State is one of the best universities in the country to work in — his dynamic leadership matches our dynamic educational and research environment.” — Susan Brantley, director of Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and colleague of Barron’s in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

“It’s encouraging to see the selection of an individual with ties to Penn State. This suggests that Dr. Barron appreciates the exceptional culture that has been a hallmark of our university for decades. Given Dr. Barron’s climatology background, we trust that one of his first steps will be to ‘take the temperature’ of the alumni. We very much look forward to meeting with him and sharing our views. After he’s done that, we hope that he will immediately take steps to unify the entire Penn State community by correcting the errors made by the outgoing administration.” — Maribeth Schmidt, spokeswoman for Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship

“Dr. Barron has a track record as an accomplished educator, highly respected researcher, an effective administrator and an internationally recognized scholar. It is clear that Eric Barron is not only familiar with our university, but also has the experience and knowledge to lead us forward, continuing our path of excellence.” — Penn State board of trustees Chairman Keith Masser

“It was clear in our conversations with Eric Barron that he and his wife, Molly, had fallen in love with our great university years ago. I couldn’t be more pleased that someone who will lead with both heart and head is our candidate to be the next president of Penn State.“ — Nan Crouter, dean of the College of Health and Human Development and head of the presidential search and screen committee

“I think I speak for all of the deans that we are thrilled to have someone of his caliber to lead us. He’ll help us move the university looking forward, not backward.” — William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

“Dr. Barron is at his core a faculty member, and an advocate for faculty development, faculty rights, and faculty diversity. He is open, collegial, and collaborative. At the same time, he is uncompromising in his quest for faculty excellence. Penn State can expect him to build an even stronger faculty at the same time that he continues to improve shared governance across the university.” — Brent Yarnal, Penn State Faculty Senate chairman and geography professor

“I think it’s a fantastic hire. It’s great to have someone of Eric Barron’s stature, as well as his history at Penn State, coming here as president.” — David Joyner, Penn State athletic director

“As a proud alumnus, I welcome president-elect Barron and his family back to Penn State University. President-elect Barron has an extensive educational background grounded in teaching, research and higher education administration. And, he appears to have a clear grasp on the need to bring the Penn State community together to work toward one common goal — a better Penn State University.” — Sen. John Yudichak, Luzerne County lawmaker who’s sponsored Penn State board of trustees reform legislation

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