Penn State's Next President?

By John Clay

Published 02/14 2014 08:50PM

Updated 02/14 2014 09:02PM

A reliable source within the Penn State system has confirmed to WTAJ-TV that Dr. Eric J. Barron has been selected as a candidate for the position of Penn State University President. Barron is currently the president of Florida State University. If PSU trustees vote for Barron, he will succeed Rodney Erickson as Penn State's 18th president.
Barron earned a geneology degree from Florida State University in 1973. After that, he got his master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography from the University of Miami. Between 1986 and 2002, Barron was a professor of geosciences at Penn State's main campus. He would eventually become the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Barron, who is orininally from Lafayette, Indiana, is married to his wife, Molly. They have two grown children and one grandchild.
If the Penn State Board of Trustees approves Barron on Monday, they are expected to make an announcement at noon. It's not clear yet when Barron would take over if he gets the job. WTAJ will be there Monday to cover all of the latest developments in the search for Penn State's next president.

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