PSU trustees unanimously name Eric Barron new president

STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State Board of Trustees officially named Eric Barron as the university’s new president at a special meeting Monday afternoon.

Barron has served as the president of Florida State University since 2010 and was previously at Penn State for 20 years in a variety of roles, including serving as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Barron said he was “more than pleased” to take on the presidency.

“It is truly a dream come true to be here,” Barron said.

Barron’s tenure is slated to begin May 12, though he could take office earlier. He will serve in a president-elect role until then to ease the the university’s transition from the tenure of current president Rodney Erickson.

Barron’s term will end on June 30, 2019. He will make an $800,000 a year base salary as president.

Officials involved in the search process praised his dedication to academics and leadership.

Brenton Yarnal, chairman of the University Presidential Search and Screen Committee, said Barron’s past as member of the faculty make him well-suited to the presidency.

“Penn State can expect him to guide our university to an even high level of research success,” Yarnal said.

For more, pick up Tuesday’s edition of the Altoona Mirror.

Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.