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Penn State President-elect Eric Barron: full coverage

The next president of Penn State, Eric Barron, was introduced on campus Monday after his hiring was made official by the board of trustees.

For Penn State, the next president is someone who knows the campus very well, as he was a 20-year faculty member in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and spent the last four years here as its dean.

Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage of Barron’s hiring below:

Eric Barron, the president of Florida State, will take over the president’s suite in Old Main on May 12. He’ll get $800,000 in base salary each year through 2019. Trustees and colleagues were delighted with his hiring, and he’ll be the public face to guide Pennsylvania’s largest university forward. Read the full recap of his hiring at

Barron is no stranger to controversy surrounding a premier college football program. Barron is coming to Penn State from Florida State, the university whose star quarterback was the subject of rape accusations. Barron discusses handling that controversy and due process at

One of Barron’s former colleagues in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences described him as a “dynamo.” Others praised him for his leadership and for his research. Read about what his longtime colleagues in the college have to say about him at

Before Florida State, Barron was the director of a research center in Colorado, and before that he started a school of geosciences at the University of Texas in Austin. See a compilation of biographical data here at

Others in the Penn State community praised Barron. Read their comments at:

How does Penn State compare to Florida State? For the most part, Penn State is the bigger school. See the breakdown at:

Barron has the tools and talents to forge a legacy of positive change at Penn State. Read the CDT’s editorial at

And last, but not least, check out our photo gallery of Barron at