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:
PENN STATE• 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
ADMINISTRATIVE• 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
PERSONAL• 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